BitTorrent Inc. released a new version the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent this week. The release aims to make it easier for users to avoid a highly criticized Bitcoin miner which was bundled with the previous 3.4.2 version. The company understands that the controversy "eroded" the trust of some users, but hopes to keep them on board.
Last month many uTorrent users were surprised to see that their favorite BitTorrent client came bundled with the “Epic Scale” Bitcoin miner.
What made things worse was that, according to some, the application was installed silently without asking for explicit permission. uTorrent’s parent company BitTorrent Inc. denied these allegations but took the complaints seriously.
The Bitcoin miner was quickly suspended until further notice. Based on the negative backlash from users it was recently announced that the “offer” would not be reinstated.
The uTorrent team offered a public apology and said it misjudged how users would respond.
“We acknowledge again that we misjudged how this offer would be received, and we apologize to users who have objected to it or who had trouble uninstalling that software. We understand this has already eroded some users’ trust in μTorrent,” BitTorrent Inc. Jory Berson said.
To further clarify the situation the uTorrent development team decided to release a new version this week. The bump from 3.4.2 to 3.4.3 should help to steer people away from the tainted version.
“This new release is in part to make it easy for our users to identify which version of μTorrent to pursue,” Berson notes.
While the official site no longer offers downloads that include the bundled Epic Scale Bitcoin miner, BitTorrent Inc. warns that third-party sites may still include it with the older release.
“It is important to note that if you are not downloading μTorrent software directly from us, that some third party distributors may have the older version with the Epic Scale offer, Berson says.
“This would only be a very small number, but to be sure you are installing the version you want, look for 3.4.3 or download directly from us,” he adds.
The BitTorrent mainline client, which included the same Bitcoin miner, has been updated from version 7.9.2 to version 7.9.3. The latest releases of both uTorrent and BitTorrent can be downloaded through the official sites.Это интересно:
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Once it's installed, the program will take up CPU cycles, slowing your machine and causing it to burn more power. The support person described Epic Scale as "easy to uninstall," but some users reported otherwise. One said it didn't show up in the "Programs and Features" list for Windows, and another needed anti-adware software to be rid of it. (Epic Scale said the app can be uninstalled normally, but confirmed that it leaves behind registry keys.)
"We have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening." -- BitTorrent
uTorrent's parent company BitTorrent has denied that the software is installed without user consent, and told The Verge "we have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening... most likely, the users accepted the offer during the install." I attempted to install the software on my own PC, and can confirm that the software gave me the chance to decline or accept the "offer" -- though it could easily slip by a careless user. If it does, most antivirus companies have confirmed that Epic Scale isn't dangerous, though it could certainly be a performance-sapping nuisance.
BitTorrent said that the Epic Scale is "a great partner for us to continue to generate revenue for the company, while contributing funds to (philanthropic initiatives)." With the recent Lenovo SuperFish affair, however, users are on edge about unwanted software. One uTorrent forum user called Epic Scale's unexpected presence "quite a pity," adding "I will switch because of this."
Update: BitTorrent told The Verge that the Epic Scale software is not a "silent install," and we've confirmed it ourselves. It also told us that the user forums where the thread started may be down, and that no users' accounts have been suspended. The post has been updated with that information.bitcoin sistem gereksinimleri.
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BitTorrent client uTorrent has come under fire from users after it emerged the software’s latest update comes bundled with Bitcoin mining software.
The piece of software, named Epic Scale, is a Bitcoin miner that purports to use your ‘unused processing power to change the world.’
According to one user, the software is ‘easily noticeable by the increased CPU load when the computer is idle.’
Unfortunately, the problem lies in the fact that users say they weren’t asked they wanted the software to be installed, although it must be noted that the uTorrent team flatly denies that silent installs have occurred.
UPDATE: Since this story broke we’ve dug a little deeper into the installation process and story behind Epic Scale. Read: Epic Scale and uTorrent: Bitcoin mining ‘riskware’ investigated
A thread on the uTorrent forums by user ‘Groundrunner’ says: “
The issue specifically relates to uTorrent version 3.4.2 build 28913 (32-bit), which is the company’s most recent update.
Another user, dubbed ‘Adrenelized’, said there was ‘never a warning about it’, despite installing uTorrent completely fresh to his or her system.
uTorrent’s forum is now inaccessible citing “This account has been suspended”. This could be down to the excessive traffic following the Epic Scale news.
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A senior manager for customer support at uTorrent did reply to the thread, explaining that it designs its software to ensure partner software downloads ‘don’t occur without approval by the user’.
“Feel free to delete this folder. You certainly won’t see any persistent auto-reinstalls of the software, it will be gone from your machine for good.”
This may not be the case however. Several users have said that the program does not uninstall completely via Add/Remove Programs, nor by removing the ProgramDataEpicscale folder.
Epic Scale is currently a cryptocurrency miner, but it has future plans to also contribute CPU cycles to other initiatives like Genome mapping.
It’s an ill-timed addition to uTorrent as bundled software however, as laptop manufacturer Lenovo was recently lambasted for its own user-unapproved software bundle of the Superfish program that left user data vulnerable to attack.
We asked BitTorrent Inc., the company that created uTorrent, for a comment on the matter. Here is the response:
“Like many software companies, we have partner offers in our install path and our policy is that they are strictly optional. We aim to work with partners that would appeal to our tech-forward user base. This is the case with Epic Scale, they are lite-coin based and charity focused. They have a great story and you should consider doing a post on what they are trying to achieve.
We have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening. We are continuing to look at the issue. But this is most likely these users accepted the offer during install.”
As BitTorrent has suggested that the complaining users are mistaken,
we asked BitTorrent whether it could do more to improve
transparency in the uTorrent installation process. This was the response:
“As with any such offer from any software vendor there is a clear “Accept” and “Do Not Accept” button on this offer.”
Giving BitTorrent the benefit of the doubt, there are three clear scenarios that could have caused this situation. Either the users are collectively mistaken; there is a lack of transparency in the software installation, leading to confusion amongst users; or there is a software fault whereby users are experiencing issues not otherwise intended by BitTorrent.
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uTorrent's latest update may be hijacking computers to turn a profit. According to a report from Trusted Reviews, the latest update to the popular torrent management software comes bundled with a program called Epic Scale, a Windows program that uses the computer's processor to mine a bitcoin variant called Litecoin in the background. Many users were unaware that their computers were being used to mine the currency, and only discovered the program was running after noticing the significant increase in processor load.
"There is no silent install happening."
In a statement to The Verge, uTorrent's parent company BitTorrent confirmed that the program was bundled, but disputed that it was happening without user consent. "We have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening.... Most likely these users accepted the offer during install," a representative wrote. "Like many software companies, we have partner offers in our install path and our policy is that they are strictly optional."
Bitcoin miners are a common way for botnet owners to make a profit off of compromised machines, leaving users to bear the cost of the excess computing power, which has left a lot of mining software with a less than savory reputation. Users that don't notice the program may find significantly decreased performance as a result. In a forum thread, uTorrent recommended that dissatisfied users uninstall Epic Scale and remove the associated folder.
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If you have recently installed or updated the popular BitTorrent client μTorrent 3.4.2 Build 28913 on your computer, then you read this warning post right now.Users of the μTorrent file-sharing service are complaining that the latest update of software used for torrent downloading is silently installing a piece of unwanted software called EpicScale, which is basically a Bitcoin mining software.
Note: Story update has been added below.USER COMPLAINTS ON SILENT INSTALLATION The Epic Scale, installed without the consent of users, is a cryptocurrency mining software that reportedly uses the combined computing power of users to generate Bitcoin income for BitTorrent company. The unwanted software slows down the host computers and is particularly harder to remove from the system. The Bitcoin mining software was recently highlighted at uTorrent’s complaint forum where a member ‘Groundrunner’ says: "There was no information about this during installation and I did opt out of your other bundled software." A senior manager for customer support at uTorrent did reply to the thread, explaining that the designed the update to ensure partner software downloads ‘don’t occur without approval by the user’.
"Epic Scale is a great partner for us to continue to generate revenue for the company, while contributing funds to good causes," uTorrent employee wrote. "Feel free to delete this folder. You certainly won’t see any persistent auto-reinstalls of the software, it will be gone from your machine for good."DETECT AND UNINSTALL BITCOIN MINER The troubling part of Epic Scale is that it can’t be uninstalled by simply following the regular uninstallation procedure on Window machines, whereas uTorrent employee described Epic Scale as "easy to uninstall". Okay! Let’s agree that Epic Scale is used by uTorrent to generate revenue, but bundling the application with uTorrent is highly problematic to the normal user as it will consume system resources all the time while running. A users complaint that the software is "easily noticeable by the increased CPU load when the computer is idle."
The silent install appears to happen selectively, and not on all machines. BitTorrent spokesperson said, "We have reviewed the issue closely and can confirm there is no silent install happening. We are continuing to look at the issue."Users that don't notice the program may find significantly decreased performance as a result. Windows users are recommended to check the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc) to make sure EpicScale is not running on their system. Follow these instructions to remove Epic Scale from your Windows system. So far, uTorrent is the most visited BitTorrent client worldwide with more than 150 Million active users every month. So one can imagine, if 10% of them have upgraded their software to the latest malicious version, then how much revenue company could have generated by burning their CPUs within one day. If you think that it’s time to move on to other Torrent downloads, meanwhile, you can try Deluge, Vuze, Bitcomment, qBittorrent which are lightweight, free, cross-platform torrent clients available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
UPDATE (3:00 pm EST, 6th March 2015)
Whether its a software, or an online service, you have to agree to a so-called End User License Agreement. They are so common, in software and on the Internet, that many users ignore them and blindly click "Agree" without understanding what they're agreeing to.
An average user spent only 6 seconds on every page while installing a Software, Next... Next... Install... and Finish.
BUT IT SAYS, 'EPIC SCALE' IS A COMPUTATION PLATFORM
In the below screenshot you can read, μTorrent software is giving an option to "Accept" or "Decline" the offer, but they have described "Epic Scale" as a 'distributed computing platform' that perform 'computation' only and asking users to 'Join us to help support organisation working to cure AIDS' by donating our system resources.
So either the users are collectively mistaken or there is a lack of transparency in the software installation, leading to confusion amongst users.