On March 6 Utorrent version 3.4.2 update included Bitcoin mining software Epic Scale. Many users complained about the ‘silent’ install of Epic Scale. Yet if you updated to 3.4.2 you’ve noticed you did get a warning if you wanted to install this third party software. Most users probably clicked ‘next’ ‘next’ ‘next’. This application would then connect your computer to a Bitcoin farm, using up the PC’s CPU cycles to do the processing. As a result, the PC would slow to a crawl under use with high levels of heat and power consumption being the side effects.
From the Utorrent blog:
As mentioned in our blog on March 28, the Epic Scale Partner offer has been permanently suspended. This means that as long as you are downloading µTorrent directly from us, the Epic Scale partner offer will not appear. This new release is in part to make it easy for our users to identify which version of μTorrent to pursue. 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.
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.
What is Bitcoin, and what is Epic Scale?
Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet. Bitcoin can also be seen as the most prominent triple entry bookkeeping system in existence.
From their website:
Every day you use your computer to do work, play games, and talk with your friends all over the world. But you probably don’t use your computer 24 hours a day. What happens when you aren’t using your computer? Your computer sits idle waiting for you to come back to use it. Its incredible processing power goes unused. What if there was a way to harness that unused processing power to change the world? That is what we do at Epic Scale.