uTorrent Users: Here's How To Delete Bitcoin Miner EpicScale From Your PC

Even if you've switched to another torrent client (or just an older version of uTorrent), now's the time to make sure there are no hidden Bitcoin miners hogging your idle system resources. You'll have to dive into your registry and file system, but a little effort is worth the peace of mind.

Before doing anything, check to see if EpicScale is actually running, as gHacks' Martin Brinkmann points out. The simplest way to do this is to just fire up Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), click the "Processes" tab and look for "EpicScale.exe".

If you do find it hanging around, Brinkmann provides the steps to clean your system out, starting with killing the process (or processes), removing it from the registry and start-up sequence and finally, deleting the files themselves.

What I found surprising is that the miner installs itself to the ProgramData folder, a global directory that can be accessed by any user, rather than Program Files. The former path is usually reserved for settings and cache files — not executables. So yes, not a good sign.

I'm sure a removal tool will be cooked up by someone soon, but until then, gHacks' guide has all the information you need to clean it up.

Detect and Remove EpicScale from your Windows PC [gHacks]


Comments

    As if utorrent wasn't on shaky ground already, they then turn it into spyware too?

    What I found surprising is that the miner installs itself to the ProgramData folder, a global directory that can be accessed by any user, rather than Program Files. The former path is usually reserved for settings and cache files — not executables. So yes, not a good sign.

    Actually that's more common than you think, especially because it allows apps to update without needing the uac prompt. Program files is locked down to require elevated privileges to modify.

    Lousy freeloaders leeching my expensive hard-earned cycles... oh wait. Irony?

    I am not sure if we're on the same page, but from what I've read, BitcoinMiner malware can be picked up in various ways and not just through uTorrent. It's not distributed as a bundle since it's not publisher related but it can be picked up anywhere online, especially since nothing is safe these days. I did a recent assessment on Bitcoinminer and for the most part the file is untraceable. In fact, I do believe that there are more than one or several developers behind this heinous act.

    Hi
    It is turned into spyware too

    it's not distributed as a bundle since it is not publisher connected however it may be picked up anyplace on-line, particularly since nothing is safe recently.It"s turned into Spyware too

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