uTorrent is a firm favorite when it comes to BitTorrent clients, making its money through in-app ads and bundled software offered during installation. But it seems that this software may be causing some problems for uTorrent, which is now being flagged as ‘harmful’ by association.
As TorrentFreak reports, uTorrent is currently being identified as a security risk by at least six anti-virus software vendors, including Symantec and ESET. Scans identify uTorrent.exe as being associated with Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT, and also red-flag the OpenCandy bundling software as being ‘riskware’.
There are no indications that the uTorrent application itself is malicious – instead, it seems that the ‘harmful software warnings’ are being triggered by the third-party software bundled with the app.
But on top of this, uTorrent has further problems to deal with, as Google is now blocking it as well. The search giant is blocking various pages linking to uTorrent and other software from its developers,flagging multiple pages which it says “resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.”
Google’s Chrome browser is also flagging uTorrent as potentially harmful, and is blocking users’ attempts to download it, although it seems that not all users are being affected by this specific prevention method.