I was running an Avast scan and I found Malwaregen[trj] in the utorrent section. I never used utorrent. Never. And suddenly this comes up. Does this mean someone was spying on me through a rootkit?

Malwarebytes never showed anything. However, the interesting thing is when I ran malwarebytes, it said "scanning adware", etc. And in-between, there comes "scanning trojan". And it comes up with nothing.

Avast says that it couldn't scan 18 files or something. Is my Macbook hacked? Is someone spying on me?

And by the way, I did install utorrent.

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    Just because you never used it doesn't mean anything - you installed it and uTorrent seems to have a history of shipping with malware.
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 18:53
  • also from the original source?
    – John Brown
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 18:59
  • yes - i would imagine it's adware of some sort.
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 19:06
  • but adware doesnt have rootkit capability
    – John Brown
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 19:07
  • You say that you installed it, but insist that you never ran it, and you are shocked that there is malware. I'm confused why you make this distinction, and why you are then shocked. If the program had an infection, then it is reasonable that the infection would be found.
    – schroeder
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 7:01

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It might be more probable that you downloaded a torrent that had some malware in it. I doubt the guys over at uTorrent would risk putting malware in their binaries :) (unless you downloaded uTorrent from an unofficial source).

A trojan can be used for spying, but more often than not, unless it is a targeted attack, it usually means other things such as stealing your credentials, stealing files, adding your computer to a botnet to mine bitcoins or click ads etc.

Antiviruses could be wrong. But better safe than sorry. Unless you can eliminate the threat, you might want to consider reinstalling your Mac OS.

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