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uTorrent Bundled with a Crypto-Currency Mining Tool Called Epic Scale

Epic Scale can be described as a crypto-currency mining tool marked by many antivirus programs as a potentially unwanted application (PUP). Once on your computer, it makes you a part of a Litecoin farm, generating revenue for third parties.

Since its first release in 2005, uTorrent has won millions of users worldwide. It is probably the most popular BitTorrent program, and it has received tons of positive reviews due to its rich feature set, stability, and performance. It is public knowledge that uTorrent has been including adware for quite some time, and, in that relation, its good name has been compromised. Users have reported that installing the last version (version 3.4.2) of the app silently plants Epic Scale, a Litecoin mining code, into their computers.

How Does Epic Scale Operate?

As seen on the image below, the application claims that its end purpose is profit, may it be charity or something else. On their website, the developers of the program describe Epic Scale as a way to make your computer useful by harnessing its unused processing power. The creators claim that money is being made while solving important world issues.
Once on one’s PC, Epic Scale takes over its CPU (central processing unit) and slows down the machine by making it use more power than usually. Although the creators claim that the uninstallation process is easy to do, users have shared that it actually isn’t. Some people have reported that they needed anti-adware tools in order to clean their computers. Furthermore, the troublesome app may leave behind registry keys.

Due to Epic Scale’s PUP character, many uTorrent users have shared their disappointment and said they would reconsider using the program.

What is BitTorrent’s Position on the Matter?

BitTorrent has denied that EpicScale is installed without user’s consent. Whatever the truth is, it is a fact that the company has reacted promptly and took into consideration its users concerns. BitTorrent has also stated that most antivirus companies have verified that Epic Scale isn’t dangerous, even though it could affect performance.

BitTorrent has also reported on their forum that they have decided to put Epic Scale on hold, based on the feedback they have received during the last several days. In reply to the company’s apologetic statement, users have been insisting that the crypto-currency mining tool should be kept out of uTorrent permanently rather than temporarily.

How to Remove EpicScale?

Most antivirus programs detect Epic Scale as a PUP, so experts recommend its removal. If not removed, the mining tool slows down performance by making the CPU work harder than it normally does. In order to clear away your computer of Epic Scale, run an anti-spyware solution and follow the instructions below.


Malware Removal Tool

SpyHunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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