μTorrent marked as 'Potentially Unwanted Application' by Windows Defender


#1

Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/μtorrent-marked-as-potentially-unwanted-application-by-windows-defender-84133/

Microsoft and several other anti-malware products now classify the popular μTorrent Bittorrent client as malware or so-called Potentially Unwanted Software (PUA). The result is that installation of μTorrent is blocked on many computers.


#2

This strikes me as more of a skewed intent to manipulate perceptions rather than anything to do with reality.

It wouldn’t surprise me if there wasn’t some sort of behind the scenes incentive to get them to add this to their list.


#3

No problem with my utorrent usage.


#4

I dumped uTorrent a couple of months ago and switched to qBittorrent which is basically a better version of uTorrent especially since after uTorrent v2.2.1 build 25302, uTorrent pretty much got loaded up with junk and qBit has none of that. so in other words, use uTorrent v2.2.1 build 25302 or switch to another torrent program. but uTorrent v2.2.1 is basically 7 year old so it’s generally better to stick with a currently developed version and the newer versions of uTorrent simply are not worth using.


#5

Stayed with 2.0.4 and it’s easy on my system and have no issue using it but I do have a proxy with it.


#6

Seems somewhat strange given that it would be just about impossible to install the program by accident (or have it sneakily installed when installing some other program).


#7

For some odd reasons v3 seems to had stealth software on it but utorrent support won’t admit to it but they were caught red handed by others. Try as they may but v3 was loaded with bitcoin miners and other underhanded software that they got a ear full from users until they removed them but the damage was done. If you even mention help for others go back to v2 the talk gets removed or banned. They need to money so they drank the Koolaid rather then make a good software.