OpenCandy is an advertising software module consisting of a Microsoft Windows library that can be incorporated in a Windows Installer. When a user installs an application that has the OpenCandy library, there is an option to install software that it recommends (based on a scan of the user’s system and geolocation). All offers can be opted out during the install process. Win.Trojan.Opencandy is bundled within many custom installers from download sites like Softonic, Brothersoft and Cnet.Such third party applications are typically installed onto users’ computers by default, but may include an option to ‘opt-out’ during or after the installation process. When Win.Trojan.Opencandy is present on your computer when you perform a scan with an anti-malware program then your computer is infected with unwanted software or adware, and perhaps also with other adware variants or malware. You can use the Win.Trojan.Opencandy removal guide below to remove this unwatend program completely from your computer in a few steps with free tools.
In its most basic form, the OpenCandy framework is used for Affiliate tracking, and may not present any options for additional third party applications. In some cases, the module may be included by the installer manufacturer or a third party, and not by the developer of the software being installed.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this PUP.Optional.OpenCandy browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.