I used to have uTorrent installed on my laptop, but removed it using their uninstaller. Since then, uTorrent has been reappearing every so often. I started to suspect that this was somehow caused by McAfee LiveSafe.

This suspicion was confirmed when I disabled automatic updates for McAfee. Today I received the following notification:

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This is in Dutch, but basically it says "We found an update for uTorrent, click here to install".

How can I stop McAfee from installing uTorrent with every new uTorrent update?

  • Evidently Utorrent left behind some registry entries that McAfee is picking up on. – Moab Feb 25 '16 at 22:22
  • @Moab I thought so as well but I have no clue where to find these and how to remove them. – freekvd Feb 25 '16 at 22:25
  • You should be able to remove them with CCleaner – DrZoo Feb 25 '16 at 22:26

The instructions below will completely eradicate all traces of uTorrent from the system.

This will solve the re-install problem.

Delete uTorrent registry leftovers.

Windows key + R > Type “regedit” > click OK

Once you open registry editor, click File > Export to make a backup first before the deletion.

After you successfully back up the registry, locate the below registry keys

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> uTorrentControl


HKEY_CURRENT_USER ->  Software -> BitTorrent -> uTorrent


Right click on them and select delete.

Reboot your system once more.

Note: Editing registry can be dangerous, in order avoid unnecessary troubles, please confirm twice about the registry keys you are about to delete, and do remember to backup the registry first before any operation.

SOURCE => Completely Remove uTorrent From PC

After you do all the above, check to make sure the .exe file was deleted.

Go to => C:\Users\your_name\AppData\Roaming\utorrent

If the folder is still on your PC see if the .exe file is in the folder. If not, delete the folder.

SOURCE => Locate/Remove The uTorrent.exe File

  • Thanks for the answer! I will test this, and if it works mark the answer as accepted. That seems like a pretty straightforward method of sorting out what's the problem :) – freekvd Feb 26 '16 at 5:18
  • There was a uTorrent.exe somewhere else (appdata/local/temp), and deleting that solved the problem. Thanks for the instructions. – freekvd Feb 28 '16 at 8:42

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