What is BitTorrent.exe?

The genuine BitTorrent.exe file is a software component of BitTorrent by BitTorrent.
A peer to peer torrenting program, BitTorrent runs as a background process by default. The first BitTorrent client, this application allows you to share torrent files with other users. When you load a torrent into the client, it syncs with other users that have the full version of the file you are torrenting, and downloads pieces of the file from many users. Downloads are automatically shared with other users. Founded in 2004, BitTorrent has introduced several peer-to-peer torrent clients. They continue to update and research the peer-to-peer torrent protocol for future developments.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the BitTorrent.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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BitTorrent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with BitTorrent
BitTorrent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BitTorrent belongs to software BitTorrentPro by BitTorrent (

Description: BitTorrent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BitTorrent.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,979,080 bytes (7% of all occurrences), 1,963,016 bytes and 46 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The BitTorrent.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). BitTorrent.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  • visit the support page [1][2]
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of BitTorrent or BitTorrentPro (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify BitTorrent.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BitTorrent.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_GEN.R023C0EJ216 (detected by TrendMicro), and Gen:Variant.Application.Bundler.Amonetize.58 or Gen:Variant.Application.Bundler.Amonetize.74 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the BitTorrent.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If BitTorrent has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

bittorrent - peer to peer - download client
  docci   (further information)
bittorret file obviously, used to share movies,music,or in most cases, anime with other people,no real threat
  Xen   (further information)
used to download torrents completly safe
P2P program
  Kyrybaj   (further information)
This is a file sharing tool that provides downloading capability
  me   (further information)
Potentally dangerous, used to download files, depends on the files downloaded...programme itself is not dangerous.
Not dangerous unless your stupid and download bad files with it. P2P Networking. The only real threat is what you download on it but it (itselft) is completely harmless!
tried downloading bittorrent software but doesnt seem to be launching at all

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Summary: Average user rating of BitTorrent.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think BitTorrent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving BitTorrent issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with BitTorrent. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the BitTorrent.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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