uTorrent silently installing bundled Bitcoin mining software
1) uTorrent App Turns Out To Be a Bitcoin Miner
2) How to Uninstall uTorrent & EpicScale (Bitcoin Miner)
The new update of the popular torrent client uTorrent is installing a garbage app EpicScale which, according to some virus scanners, is a Bitcoin mining software.
As we researched to find the whereabouts of EpicScale, we found that this program uses the same hash functions — SHA256 and MD5 — that are used by Bitcoin miners to solve blocks. A scan on multiple antivirus programs, including Kaspersky and Norman, also categorized EpicScale to be a Bitcoin miner; not a virus though.
It simply means that if you install the aforementioned uTorrent update, the chances of your CPU or GPU consuming more power would increase. According to the same complainant, you might see an increased CPU load once it is idle, all credits to EpicScale.
What’s further troubling is that that you cannot uninstall this application by following the usual Uninstall Procedure on Window machines. A representative of EpicScale Inc., named Alexander, however ensured that the usual procedure will remove their application from the computer. He also cleared that the program is just for some “advanced research” while reaching to the community.