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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > AntiVirus Companies & Google Mark uTorrent as Harmful

AntiVirus Companies & Google Mark uTorrent as Harmful

AntiVirus Companies & Google Mark uTorrent as Harmful

Added: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
A number of anti-virus vendors are now blocking the popular peer-to-peer client, uTorrent, claiming that the software is malicious or potentially dangerous. Worse still, Google Chrome also blocks a number of pages on uTorrent's official site, claiming that the popular file-sharing app links to riskware and trojans.


uTorrent accounts for millions of new downloads per month and is considered the most used BitTorrent application in the world. It is the main source of revenue for BitTorrent Inc., a San Francisco-based company earning money through ads and bundled software.

Bundled software is what now causing trouble, with a few anti-virus vendors listing the application as a security risk. For instance, the scanning result from VirusTotal demonstrates that at least 6 anti-virus clients, including ESET and Symantec, have flagged uTorrent as problematic, associating the uTorrent.exe file with Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT and the controversial OpenCandy bundling software. It should be noted that this isn’t the first time that uTorrent has been flagged like this though.

Besides action by the anti-virus companies, the client is also being blocked by Google: for example, when you try to download the latest stable release of uTorrent, Google Chrome flags it as malicious and blocks the download. However, this just appears to happen sporadically. Besides, Google is also blocking pages linking to uTorrent and other BitTorrent Inc. apps, claiming that parts of the uTorrent site contain “harmful programs”. By the way, this warning prevented millions of people from accessing popular torrent websites earlier in July.

Google explained that it was the result of the giant’s increased efforts to block software able to make “unexpected changes” to users’ machines. This feature is called Google Safe Browsing, as the tech giants announced in a recent blog post, where it also notified people that they would see more warnings about unwanted software soon.

Security experts believe that such uTorrent threat reports seem to be triggered by bundled 3rd-party software, because there has never been any indication or evidence that the BitTorrent app itself can make any damage.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Comments (20) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-07-23 15:19:03)
cost69er avatarwtf is anyone even using chrome for!!!!!!firefox firefox firefox

posted by (2015-07-23 17:34:23)
robbow123 avatarI'm sorry what were you saying. I was busy installing uTorrent and declining the bundled software as always.

If I wanted ask.com to be my home page I would do it myself.

all the best

posted by (2015-07-23 21:36:24)
skansa avatarWell bugger me. And I use utorrent all the time

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanTurtle (2015-07-23 22:21:54)
STFU avatar@3 okies but buy me a drink 1st lol x

posted by (2015-07-23 22:41:33)
No avatarOne way to circumvent malware is to simply use Linux. It is 100% immune to ALL Windows malware.

Btw: Google itself is spyware. Why don't the flag themselves?

go to about:config in firefox
search got GEO

That is firefox reporting to google your exact location!

Change geo enabled to false
Change geo wifi url to blank or some porn site (lol)

This applies to firefox for windows, mac, and linux.

Turning off geolocation in chrome still makes the browser unsafe because it is chrome.

Opera with turbo enabled is safer. It has build in torrent stuff. But you still have to turn off geolocation.

No clue on Internet Exploder. Haven't used it in years.

posted by ET junkiemen (2015-07-23 22:43:38)
4GET avatari had McAfee antivirus back about 9yrs ago when i first bought my first machine and it flaged utorrent as malware it was pain in the head McAfee that is
9 years on iv got free antivirus and use utorrent all the time no problems and the added software is optional i think atleast it was last time i dl it

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-07-24 01:00:03)
fusseltier avatarthat's nothing new, they've been making cracks and patches come up as trojans for years when they weren't harmful.
just because of what they were, not for any danger.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-07-24 02:06:10)
Embolism avatar2004 I did a test and review of all the major torrent applications and found flaws with most in some respect from lacking GUI`s to security flaws in transport, some using xollix in the program etc for tracking and identification shareaza,emule,and utorrent were all tested and my recommendations at the time were for some enhancement s to the GUI and transport security with a new core would best suit Azureus and gave plug in ideas etc all of which are now in the program and secure so still recommend it.One day I might also suggest to Paul Graham (parg) that a return to message board tormenting over his I2P protocol might further decentralise torrenting although the practicality of it might escape some,if you can anonymously search for a torrent link and download it without requiring connecting to search engines and getting logged looks to be required real soon. (:^D)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-07-24 06:20:58)
analogkid6103 avatarUtorrent flagged as harmful...Hmm...Blocking peeps getting the new one...Hmm
Well I have been saying for awhile "Downgrade from the malware bloatware and install utorrent 2.2.1" Problems solved ' But they were part correct
Utorrent is killing the record co, the movie studio ect. (least the way they telling it)
Im sure they would make torrents illegal except they cant wait to take it over for themselves. What new dramas will future bring.

posted by (2015-07-24 10:13:30)
Faceless42001 avatarI think we need the music and movie industries to collapse. They are having a corrosive effect on society. We must do our part in the good fight!

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2015-07-24 16:34:56)
razor1shrp avatar# 10 I couldn't agree more with your comment. These multi million dollar companies all cry foul when the next block buster comes out but i have yet to receive a credit for all the shit movies that i bought and tossed into the junk box after shutting them down early . Check out the new Sharknado and i'm sure you'll feel the same. As a parent of two adult children i've ponied up hundreds of $$$ on vhs and cassettes as well as sony walkmans ect they got their money from me and so now i'm taking back . The newbies using the latest utorrent will slowly get infected and your machine will become slower and slower over time . The old versions 1.1.6. and 2.2.1 are the fastest and safest clients around. No b.s filters and no logs it's simple ...

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-07-24 22:59:09)
analogkid6103 avatarRazorsharp is correct. The old versions are the ONLY way to go.
They are accepted and not corrupted by greedy developers.
Not infested with adware/malware. Thanks for letting the peeps know.

posted by Kitty (2015-07-25 08:13:43)
Crash1 avatarI never upgraded! Once I got to 2.2.1 I stayed there, because I didn't like the look of the interface changes they made when they released v3. Subsequent changes by uTorrent, including Adware and bundling unwanted software just reinforced that I'd made a good decision. I just said "This does what I need it to do, so WHY do I NEED to upgrade?".

If more people followed that simple philosophy then we'd have more money in our pockets, and many companies would see a DRASTIC drop in profits (Apple, Samsung, Google, and MANY others).

posted by (2015-07-25 09:59:07)
Faceless42001 avatarGuys, you can use a program called Unchecky to make sure you never installed unwanted adware, it will automatically remove it from the installation of any program I am using the latest version of utorrent and I didn't install any ad/malware. Also, if you google it, you can easily remove every single ad from the advanced section of the options menu.

Is there still a reason I should use an old utorrent?

posted by (2015-07-25 11:36:04)
vickey28ster avatarFor yrs Utorrent n you guys have been a part of our life, how can we just remove it after being claimed malicious by some low prestiged browsers.......??

posted by (2015-07-25 11:59:37)
No avatarBitt torrent should implement a WEB Browser in theyr soft utorrent. How hard can it be?

posted by (2015-07-25 19:27:39)
No avatarMalware bytes and Platinum hide IP.

posted by (2015-07-26 12:13:56)
No avatarHello Extratorrent, why does this page seem to contain malware? my Antivirus program tells me the TR/Giframe.A.210 Trojan appears in the Cache of my Firefox browser when I load this specific page the news article 'AntiVirus Companies & Google Mark uTorrent as Harmful', NOT other pages on Extratorrent so far. It's supposed to be a Gif file trojan or something. If I turn off the loading of images nothing happens. (Also: Java, JavaScript & Flash are turned off).

You should investigate and find out where it comes from because it's the first time I've seen something like this on Extratorrent.

posted by (2015-07-26 12:20:30)
No avatarI think I found it 22shanks' avatar contains some kind of Trojan. I get the same warning message about TR/Giframe.A.210 when I load images from this page:

posted by (2015-07-30 09:26:44)
No avatarHey they just announced a new site filespook.com that lets you access the most popular torrent sites. And streaming as well... Who needs a sleep anyway?

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