Windows Defender flags uTorrent as threat

Windows Defender and other anti-virus applications flagged the uTorrent BitTorrent client as “potentially unwanted software” this week, TorrentFreak reported.

BitTorrent regarded the warnings as false positives, but stopped offering a version of the software for download.

The reason for the issue has not been confirmed, but TorrentFreak speculated it may be related to Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware.

BitTorrent said it believes Windows Defender’s previous passive flag of uTorrent changed to active with a Microsoft “patch Tuesday” update.

Only a small percentage of users are affected, said BitTorrent.

“We had three uTorrent executables being served from our site. [One], which was going to 5% of users, was part of the Windows block. We stopped shipping that and confirmed we are no longer seeing any blocks.”

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