This article will explain what is the uTorrentie “Virus” and how to permanently remove it from your machine. uTorrentie.exe is also related to uTorrent WebHelper.
If you are a uTorrent user, you might have noticed a strange process running in your system’s background during the time the program is turned on. The process’ name is Web Helper, but if you searched for that in Windows Explorer, you would not be able to find anything, because the actual cause for the process is a file named uTorrentie.exe. The uTorrentie.exe file and the process it runs – Web Helper, can be referred to as an Adware. Software of this type is usually harmless, yet potentially intrusive and unwanted. The most typical trait of Adware programs is their tendency to display online ads, pop-ups and banners in your browser regardless of whether you are using Chrome, IE or Firefox. In WebHelper’s case, the ads are normally generated inside uTorrent’s interface instead of within your browsers. Most experts do not consider this process to be dangerous or harmful. However, there are a couple of reasons why it is better if you remove it from your PC and make sure it doesn’t come back. In this article, we will teach you all you need to know about Adware programs and files such as uTorrentie.exe, how you can protect your PC against them and also what you’d need to do in order to get rid of the current annoyance.
What’s the point of the uTorrentie.exe?
Similarly to most Adware programs and processes the main purpose is the generation of online ads. You have surely noticed the irritating banners within uTorrent’s window – those are caused by uTorrentie. Via such ads, the developers of the program are capable of funding their work and gaining income, while still keeping the basic version of uTorrent free for download. This method is commonly used by creators of free software and you can expect such ads with most similar programs that you can download online. However, uTorrentie should not be considered a computer virus. Still, this does not make the ads any more wanted or desirable. That is why below this article you can find a detailed guide that will teach you how you can remove the irritating software from your PC, while retaining uTorrent. However, we advise you to read the rest of the article before going to the guide, because the information here will help you keep your PC clean and safe in the future.
Why should you remove WebHelper?
As we mentioned earlier, the process ran by the uTorrentie file is not harmful to your system and is not considered to be a virus or form of malware, like the more dangerous Trojans or ransomware. However, it also does not benefit you in any given way and there are several potential negative effects that it might have:
- Adware ads, apart from being intrusive and irritating, might redirect you to pages and websites, which could sometimes potentially get you even more unwanted software. So far, this has not been reported in regards to WebHelper. Still, it is advisable that you avoid interacting with any of its ads.
- Occasionally, processes like this one could monitor your online activities. This is done so that the Adware can modify the ads it displays on your screen and make them more appealing to the individual user. However, we consider this to be a privacy invasion and one more reason why you should use our guide to remove the Adware.
- Last, but not least, the unwanted process uses a portion of your RAM and CPU. Normally, it does not require very high amounts of system resources. However, there is no reason why your RAM and CPU should be wasted on unwanted and needless processes that do not benefit you in any way.
General Adware prevention tips
Unwanted programs and integrated program processes are all over the internet and it is often difficult to spot them and keep them out of your PC. The following tips will help you greatly improve your chances of keeping your machine clean and safe from any PUP’s (potentially unwanted programs).
- Be careful with the sites you visit and the download sources you use. The best advice here would be to stick to reputable websites that you know you can trust.
- Avoid opening and/or downloading attachments from shady and obscure-looking e-mails. Also, stay away from hyperlinks that seem suspicious. Note that sometimes spam messages might be sent to you from people within your contacts list without them even knowing about it and this is also a common way to spread viruses.
- Get an anti-adware/malware tool. Those greatly improve your PC’s protection against any unwanted software that might be trying to get installed on your system.
- Beware of potential file bundles. This method of software distribution seems to be the most effective so far. The unwanted Adware is bundled with some other program and if the user uses the Quick installation method, they’d get the unwanted application that is bundled with it. In most cases, the way to avoid this is to use the custom setup option. That way, you’ll be able to see all added content and leave out whatever seems unwanted. In fact, the uTorrentie file has most likely gotten inside your PC by being bundled within the uTorrent installer.
In uTorrent’s case there is no custom setup option. Instead, when downloading the free version of the program, you are notified that there would be ads included and if you want the ad-free version, you’d have to pay a small annual tax. Note that uTorren’s ads are absolutely legal and if you have agreed to download and install the free version, then you have agreed to allow the ads within the program as well. However, there is an easy way to go around that and get rid of the unwanted uTorrentie.exe without uninstalling uTorrent itself or buying the paid version.
uTorrentie “Virus” Removal
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.