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Malewarebytes Torrent



Due to lots of MWB pop-up warnings while using qBittorrent, I did a little reading and found that MWB is blocking some IP addresses that are used for torrent tracking. Attached image is an example. MWB makes it easy to exclude these IP addresses so my torrent manager can continue doing its thing.




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The pop-up warnings state that all the "blocked" connections are "Outbound." Creating exclusions allows those necessary Outbound connections to go through for my torrents. But if I understand correctly, it also opens the door to Inbound connections from those questionable IP addresses, which is relinquishing more control than is necessary.


My concern is that by creating "exclusions" for these IP addresses, my computer is left prone if one of those IP addresses want to do something bad to my computer besides the innocuous torrent-tracking.


Malwarebytes doesn't block torrent trackers deliberately. If your Bittorrent client is connecting to blocked IP addresses it is likely that they are IPs which are being shared by other sites that happen to contain malicious content and therefore are blocked by Malwarebytes (many sites can use the same IP address/server even though they reside on separate domains/URLs). This is why it is quite common to see peer-to-peer applications like Skype and Bittorrent clients attempting to connect to IP addresses that may be blocked by Malwarebytes. Excluding your Bittorrent client's main executable using the method described above by Porthos should resolve the issue while still blocking all malicious sites for your web browsers and other at-risk programs for your system. Once you have excluded it be sure to delete the exclusions you created for those individual trackers/IP addresses.


I have website blocking enabled in Malewarebytes, as a result i keep getting notifications about blocked IP's while downloading torrents using Vuze client and i keep adding them to the ignore list. Download speed already feels a bit slower, but i can't tell for sure, maybe it's just placebo effect ..


There was nothing in its FAQs about torrenting, so I contacted customer support to see if they could tell me. The reply I received was completely unhelpful, so I have no idea whether torrenting is tolerated by this VPN company.


If you are hoping to find a good VPN to torrent, always remember to be cautious of the files you download. Certain countries have very specific laws about torrenting, so be sure to check before you begin. You can find out more about the best VPNs for torrenting here.


I recently loaded Malwarebytes onto my computer and it has been blocking a steady stream of outbound/inbound traffic from Utorrent to potentially nefarious ip addresses in china, russia, etc. but what is scaring me is that this is happening when no torrents are active i.e. no uploading, no download, no seeding, nothing paused.


But for malware bytes to identify the process as utorrent.exe the client service MUST be running on your machine, whether there are any jobs in the list or not, whether the GUI is active or not the service is still running (in the System Tray) and therefore announcing it's IP and port to the bittorrent network.


I just wondered whether anyone has had issues with Malwarebytes Antimalware everytime a torrent starts to download . . . or, whether my problem is unique. It's VERY annoying to see a popup every few seconds from Malwarebytes that looks like this. (see attached screenshot). And, despite my clicking the exclusion button repeatedly, the popups just continue to popup one right after another. A REAL pain in the a**!


This looks like a normal peer connection, not any website. When running a torrent you could have 100 or more, perhaps even 1000 or more peer connections and after having a look on malwarebytes website they have many users of various torrent clients complaining about the same thing. Their official answer is that the IPs being blocked are from hostile websites but I don't think this is the case. I had a look at the IP in that screenshot you posted and I can't see that there is any webhosting on it at all, perhaps the last user who leased that IP was doing something malicious on it, but I think it's more likely that their database is just wrong.


Any pieces of data you get from an IP that they feel may be hostile will be hash checked by your bittorrent client (Bitcomet in your case, but this is true with any client). If the piece of data has changed in any way it will be rejected... it has to be identical to the original on a byte for byte basis. No malware can slip in this way* it's just not possible.


*if the torrents original author included malware in a torrent download, then that is another issue, but if the original material is clean, then the files you download will also be clean even if one or more peers attempt to slip in some malware.


A torrent client is a vital piece of software for P2P file sharing. It communicates with other users and organizes your P2P traffic, which gives it the potential to make torrenting very safe or very risky.


EXPERT ADVICE: Always torrent with a secure VPN that hides your torrent IP address and internet activity. An excellent P2P VPN is ExpressVPN, which you can test risk-free for 30 days.


WARNING: There are dangerous Bittorrent download links around the web, and some websites bundle adware or bloatware into their torrent client installers. To avoid unwanted surprises, always download the official qBittorrent software from the qBittorrent fosshub page.


qBittorrent has a reputation for being a safe, reliable application, and our research has confirmed this. In fact, qBittorrent is the safest torrent client available at the moment.


qBittorrent is open-source, which means that anyone can inspect its source code for bugs or malicious content. As such a popular client, it really does get looked over again and again by programmers all over the world.


While we prefer VPNs, qBittorrent has in-client support for SOCKS5 proxies, which are a popular way to keep IP addresses from leaking during torrenting. A SOCKS5 proxy works similarly to a VPN to reroute your traffic and obscure your true IP address from other users.


qBittorrent includes advanced tools to help keep your true IP address from leaking with a VPN or proxy. The first is network interface filtering, which allows you to select a specific network adapter to torrent over. The second is IP binding, which allows you to select a single IP address for the client to torrent from.


qBittorrent is well supported and actively updated by a global group of volunteer developers, led by a contributor called Sledgehammer999. This means that any bugs can be identified and fixed quickly. On top of this, there are no known serious bugs or exploits associated with the app.


When you torrent other users in the swarm can see your IP address. This can be targeted by copyright trolls and cause legal issues. On its own, qBittorrent does nothing to prevent your identity being exposed during torrenting.


qBittorrent comes with several advanced features which greatly improve the safety of your IP address while torrenting, most notably: network interface filtering and ip binding.


It is possible that your antivirus software will flag qBittorrent itself as a potential issue. If this occurs, it is most likely that your client has connected to servers which are known to house malicious content.


On Windows, Mac and Android uTorrent is sadly full of third-party adverts. These are intrusive and frustrating, as well as representing a potential privacy risk. By comparison, qBittorrent is totally ad-free.


There are holdouts who will insist on using old versions of uTorrent (2.2.1 and older), before the introduction of ads. There are security risks in doing so, so we recommend using the latest version of qBittorrent, instead.


These requirements are hugely important for a VPN when torrenting. For example, we do not recommend Avast SecureLine for torrenting as the company has a history of reconstructing browsing behavior and abusing customer privacy.


Online security is something most internet users are concerned about these days with a large number of data breaches occurring. Anti-malware company Malwarebytes, one of the top anti-malware companies, has blocked torrent site 1337x for fraud and information theft. 1337x is not the only website to be blocked by the company with other sites being blocked for the same reasons. There has been no evidence provided by the company against the websites as of now.


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