What is uTorrent.exe?

The genuine uTorrent.exe file is a software component of µTorrent by BitTorrent.
µTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing software. UTorrent.exe launches the µTorrent client. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. µTorrent is a BitTorrent client that is currently developed by BitTorrent, Inc. The program uses advertising as a means of revenue and is frequently categorized as an adware program. µTorrent is the world's most popular BitTorrent client outside of China with over 100 million active users. It was originally developed by Ludvig Strigeus and first released in 2005. BitTorrent, Inc. is an American company that is best known for its development of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol. The company also develops µTorrent and BitTorrent Mainline, two clients that utilize the protocol. A significant portion of all Internet traffic is constituted by peer-to-peer file transfers using the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent was founded in 2004 by Ashwin Navin and Bram Cohen. BitTorrent is currently based in San Francisco, California.

uTorrent stands for To*rrent Launcher

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 uTorrent.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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UTorrent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with uTorrent
UTorrent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as µTorrent belongs to software µTorrent or OpenIV Package Creator by BitTorrent (

Description: UTorrent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. UTorrent.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,026,520 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 2,133,504 bytes and 169 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, RunOnce). UTorrent.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

Recommended: Identify uTorrent.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as uTorrent.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.KaGB.a or not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.OpenCandy.gen (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan:Win32/Malat or VirTool:Win32/DelfInject.gen!AF (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the uTorrent.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If µTorrent 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

Been using for a long time , harmless , depending on what you download.
I removed it successfully a few times by running Regedit snd deleting all instances of uTorrent. then recheck. Then you're able to delete the visible shortcut and .exe file. This only takes a few minutes. The program can lock up or make your PC so slow that I found Regedit to be the quickest way to overcome this invasive program.
I just downloaded utorrent.exe from their official download page and it was in fact another exe with security shield or something that installs viruses and make you buy it so it will get rid of them.
  Jose   (further information)
Opens up ports in your firewall. I run PC Tools Internet Security and I deleted all files download, uninstalled all filed download by Add/Remove Program then I opened System Restore (did a backup first). When Windows finally booted up PC Tools Behavior Guard told me about the external firewall ports (3) and utorrent.exe, and some others I'd like to not discuss. When you are trying new things or being or going to the Bay you have to be super careful. ~Network Admin
  Jake (Cisco - Network Administrator)   (further information)
It is invasive and dangerous program. I'm having trouble getting rid of the .exe file. I've removed all the other files from the program Anytime a program won't let you remove it from your system it sends up red flags!! Will try what sigi recommends and see what happens. This is dangerous. Highly recommend not downloading it.
steals loads of info from your computer - very difficult to uninstall
  Vernon D  
p2p client, use with caution
I downloaded the software Torrentprivacy which contains a private version of theirs of uTorrent, the software didn't work, it was a nightmare, when I used their uninstall the software is still left on the hard drive, including uTorrent.exe, I was able to delete some files, but not uTorrent.exe, it says I don't have access to it. I can't remove the Torrentprivacy directory because that exe file is in it. I also can't download the normal version of uTorrent because it says there already is a version on my computer running, and to shut ti down first, I can't so I am totally messed up
  Stephen Smarsh  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of uTorrent.exe: based on 40 votes with 9 reviews. 25 users think uTorrent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 4 users think uTorrent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade uTorrent.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving uTorrent issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with uTorrent. 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 uTorrent.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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