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TorrentSpy advertises torrent client with malware

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Aug 2007 18:30 User comments (7)

TorrentSpy advertises torrent client with malware TorrentSpy, the public torrent tracker in the midst of a lawsuit from the MPAA is apparently advertising, even promoting fake torrent clients that are bundled with malicious adware.
The clients, created by a Swedish company called Wakenet, look like legit torrent clients but instead just infect computers with adware that is hard to uninstall.

The clients, Get-Torrent, Torrent101, TorrentQ and BitRoll result in a barrage of annoying popups, yet TorrentSpy is actively promoting them. Underneath each download, the words "Use Get-Torrent for high speed downloads" appears, tricking users into downloading them.

The malware bundled with the clients is a program called "Cidhelp" that can be removed from Windows default add/remove in the Control Panel. However, most anti-virus programs will cripple the malware but not completely delete it, making it impossible to uninstall.

The Pirate Bay and Mininova both banned the clients from advertising using Adbrite but apparently money is more important to TorrentSpy then the safety of their user's computers.

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7 user comments

15.8.2007 3:11

Isn't is nice to see them filling their pockets with $$$ & at the same time kissing up to the MPAA,RIAA Torrentspy has been dead to me for quite a while now. Their are alot better index sites out their.

25.8.2007 10:54
BIGnewb
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torrentspy was good but that was for a short while.piratebay and mininova run shit always.tpb had problems with the law but came back stronger unlike torrentspy.now pirate bay is bringinng suprnova back which was the greatest torrent site and it was legendary.you cant stop piracy i guess.one site goes down and another one comes up :D

35.8.2007 13:11

Quote:
Underneath each download, the words "Use Get-Torrent for high speed downloads" appears, tricking users into downloading them.
Underneath each download, the words "Use Get-Torrent for high speed downloads" appears, tricking retards into downloading them.


^ Fixed it for ya.

45.8.2007 15:36
BIGnewb
Inactive

lol

55.8.2007 17:58

torrent spy is now part of the media mafia,next.

610.8.2007 16:09

this is not good news at all we will just have to be aware of these and stay away from them.

711.8.2007 9:18
BIGnewb
Inactive

well its not really bad news.its just pointing out how someone can be a retard and clicking ads.who does that anyway?plus torrentspy was dead a long time ago.peace

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