How to Remove the “Epic Scale” Bitcoin Miner that was Bundled with uTorrent
Recently, the Internet has been abuzz with reports of a Bitcoin mining application named “Epic Scale” being silently installed along with the latest version of the popular torrent client uTorrent. Lots of technology news outlets have reported on the case, and Cointelegraph.com even posited that Bitcoin may have gotten a 3000% publicity boost from the blunder.
Affected uTorrent users have loudly complained that the Epic Scale program was installed without their knowledge when they upgraded to the latest version of uTorrent, that it chews up a significant amount of CPU and RAM resources and that it’s difficult to remove via the usual Windows Uninstall procedure. A spokesperson from uTorrent responded to the allegations by explaining that the whole uproar was caused by nothing more than a standard opt-in bundle during installation, and that the company’s agreement with Epic Scale has been put on hold:
“We understand the concerns that have been raised about our partner offer with Epic Scale. Amid user feedback, on Friday mid-day we paused the offer to allow time for us to do an evaluation.” - R3TR0, uTorrent spokesperson
Although the jury is out on whether or not this was truly a silent install as opposed an opt-in bundling deal, the Baidu Antivirus Security Center is here to help if you’re looking to remove Epic Scale from your computer.
To remove Epic Scale, you first need to confirm that it’s running on your PC.
How to Check for Epic Scale
Do a Full Scan with Baidu Antivirus to be completely sure that you’ve identified all of the Epic Scan program files (see image below for reference).
How to Remove Epic Scale
1) Baidu Antivirus should discover a total of 4 Epic Scale files.
2) Ensure that all of the boxes are checked, and click the green “Resolve” button.
3) Done! Epic Scale should now be fully removed from your system.
Current Baidu Antivirus users can simply run a Quick Scan to get rid of Epic Scale, but new users should follow the procedure detailed above and use a Full Scan instead, to make sure that no other malware is lurking on their PCs.
The Baidu Antivirus Security Center would like to take this opportunity to remind all PC users to be cautious when installing new programs, and to always be on the lookout for bundled files. Remember, this is not the first time that BitTorrent users have been the target of attack, and it almost certainly won’t be the last.
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