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.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads, banners and pop-ups within your uTorrent client. There’s also an unwanted process running in the background of your system.|
|Distribution Method||The uTorrentie.exe file gets inside your PC by being bundled within the uTorrent installer file (the file-bundling method).|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
uTorrentie “Virus” Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – uTorrentie may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Remove the uTorrentie.exe
There are several different steps that you’d need to undertake in order to get rid of the file that is causing the unwanted process. Make sure that you strictly follow the instructions and their sequence or else this method might not work.
- The first thing you’d need to do is turn off your uTorrent. To do this, it is not enough to press the X button inside the program’s interface. You’d also need to click on the arrow in the lower-right corner of your screen that shows the hidden icons of your Taskbar, right-click on the uTorrent icon and select Exit.
- Next, create a notepad file on your desktop and open it.
- Select file and click on Save As.
- Save the notepad file under the name uTorrentie.exe (do not forget the .exe extension) in the following folder: C:\Users\(Your username)\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\updates\3.4.9_42606.
- If you are having problem finding the AppData folder, you’d need to make visible any hidden files and folders that are on your PC. To do that, press Alt when inside any folder and click on Tools. Go to Folder options and then select the View tab. Find the option labeled Show Hidden files and folders and check it. Select OK – now the AppData folder should be revealed.
- You do not need to type anything within the notepad file, all you need is to save it within the aforementioned folder.
- When asked whether you want to replace the old file with the same name, select Yes.
- Now, go to the folder where you just saved the notepad file and right-click on it.
- Select Properties and in the resulting window place a tick inside the box next to the Read-only option.
- Click on OK.
- Now, you can start back on your uTorrent and the irritating process should no longer be activated alongside the program.
- Note that if you simply tried to delete the uTorrentie file, it would be restored by uTorrent the moment you turn it back on. That is why, you needed to replace the file so as to trick the program into “thinking” that the file for the uTorrentie feature is still there.