Over the years, UTorrent has a very loyal following. However, as one of the most popular BT downloads, uTorrent has recently been subjected to a number of anti-virus software surprise sieges. Even Microsoft’s Windows Defender security software sees it as a serious threat.
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Although details have not been disclosed, many have speculated that this is due to the adware bundled in uTorrent, which many anti-virus software mistook for a virus.
In general, adware is simply annoying and does not cause damage to the user’s device. But at the time of installation, the vast number of users still need to polish their eyes.
The software developer has yet to make any official statement on the matter, but the new version of uTorrent could be a “potentially harmful application” in light of the “severe” warning given by Windows Defender Anti-Virus.
Vendors such as Antiy-AVL, Comodo, Cylance, DrWeb, ESET NOD32, Gdata, Sangfor Engine Zero and Sophos Antivirus didn’t give uTorrent a good look.
Interestingly, big-name anti-virus software makers such as Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Symantec did not label uTorrent as dangerous.
In addition to uTorrent, the BitTorrent Mainline application and the uTorrent site have also been affected, themedia source Torrent Freak notes.
Given that the exact cause of the “false positives” is not yet known, it is best not to install the 3.4.9 and later uTorrent software until an effective solution is officially available.