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#1 GerryR

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:56 AM

First I have a homemade computer.  The operating system in Windows 7 Home Premium.  I am very careful, but both rkill and another more laborious method shows its presence.  I never (!!!) do a standard installation, always custom except for Chrome and Firefox where there is no choice.  One program asked me f I wanted to install opencandy and I turned off the power.  Too late, it was there.  It seems to be impossible to know what download sites are safe.  Ninite is but it has a very limited number of files and they're mostly for newbies.  Bleeping Computer is safe but it too has a limited number of files.  MajorGeeks is safe.  I think that FilePuma is safe and that softonic is safe and that's about it.  If anybody wants to volunteer information on safe download sites I'd be grateful to get it.

 

opencandy is not in my registry but rkill still lists the following:   0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy.com

 

 

 

The following is what I have used and one of them got it out of the registry where it had previously resided.  I'm pretty sure that it was JRT.  But when I ran rkill again it showed:   0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy.com

 

Kaspersky Pure and its antivirus

 

ADWcleaner

 

Roguekiller

 

Junkware Removal Tool

 

Control Panel Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller Pro none of which recognize its presence.

 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

 

Temporary File Cleaner (pointless I know but it couldn't hurt anything)

 

SuperAntiSpyware Professional

 

 

Some programs are beyond my limited expertise.  I am a retired mathematician.  I learn what I can, but incorrect information seems to be published everywhere - PC World is a huge sinner.  I followed their advice to empty out my temp file in the days of Windows 95.  BIG MISTAKE!!


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 04:14 AM

don't know how to help you with your opencandy but when downloading programs etc I use  www.download.com and have never had any problems. they also have a large library of both free and paid programs. another on you could look at is tucows but I haven't used that on in some time

hope this helps



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:05 AM

Madpc,

 

Could you tell me how to make the appropriate setting change in Control Panel?

 

Re: Tucows - It is now contaminated.   http://askbobrankin.com/downloading_watch_out_for_these_danger_signs.html

 

Re download.com please see the attached file.  They are a subsidiary of CNET as the attached jpeg file shows.

 

Thanks for the reply!

 

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 06:36 AM

What settings would you like to change in the control panel?



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 06:59 AM

I have been told that I have to make a change by "configuring control panel to receive immediate topic reply notifications" and that if I don't do this I will only receive one reply.  Unfortunately a further response said go into "Email Settings and...". However in neither the old-fashioned or newer "All Control Panel Items" (I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium) shows such a category and Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 07:50 AM

yes GerryR I can see that on the bottom of my emails. to be honest I have never noticed it before & I receive an email for every post replying to any thread I have asked a question on or supplied an answer to.

This looks like something an administrator to this website may be able to answer. perhaps contacting them will bring enlightenment.


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:10 PM

GerryR they are talking about the control panel from within bleepingcomputer, look at the upper right for your login name and click it. Look for settings and you should find notification settings there.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 03:03 PM

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Thank you so very very much.  I've been spending hours trying to make Windows Control Panel do the impossible.  When someone writes "Control Panel" without being more specific, that does seem to be the logical place to go. :)  I was totally unaware of the existence of any other "Control Panel".

 

I'll fill that out tomorrow - I'm fighting the flu right now and have been getting increasingly frustrated about the "Control Panel" and woozy from the flu.  I thought that the flu was making me stupid in my use of the "Control Panel".

 

Merci beaucoup, muchos gracias as well.  I hope those are right.  I was never very good with languages.  Once I found out that mainland European languages assigned a sex to a rock I was forever doomed!



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:04 PM

OpenCandy is an advertising application distributed by the OpenCandy Software Network which displays ads in other programs. The use of advertisement is a way to promote software packages and recover development costs. The OpenCandy FAQs answers many questions users may have about this product.

OpenCandy is technically not installed on a computer, does not collect personally identifiable information and in most cases allows the user to choose whether or not to install advertised software recommended by the vendor. Although no personal information is collected, the software does collect anonymous statistics about events and other data during installation. See What information does OpenCandy collect?

This is what OpenCandy has to say about their product.

OpenCandy provides a plug-in that developers include in their software to earn money by showing recommendations for other software in their installers. Developers use this money to keep their software free and invest in further software development. The installer uses the OpenCandy plug-in to present a software recommendation...during installation. You have complete control to accept the software recommendation by selecting either the Install or Do not install options on the software recommendation screen.

What is OpenCandy?

The OpenCanday network has partnered with various popular and trusted software developers who bundle their product as part of the program's software installation package. A list of such developers can be found here. Some vendors will clearly advise the use of OpenCandy before downloading their software, while others may provide confusing or no information at all. An example would be SIW (System Information for Windows) which clearly indicates on their website the use of OpenCandy.


OpenCandy is an advertising application.

OpenCandy is similar to Google AdSense, except it displays advertisements in installation program instead of websites. These advertisements promote another software packages. The advertisements are selected by providers of software being installed. When user installing a software (SIW) chooses to install promoted package, revenue is generated and shared between OpenCandy and software providers (SIW developers).

SIW Home Edition is bundled with OpenCandy

OpenCandy is not a virus or malware. However, since it is responsible for displaying advertisements, it may be detected (and sometimes removed) by various anti-virus and other security scanning tools as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) (or Adware), a classification that broadly defines the term as any software package which automatically displays advertisements in any form in order to generate revenue. For example, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) detects the program as Adware:Win32/OpenCandy, an adware program that might be bundled with other installers.

To learn more about PUPs and how you get them, please read: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)

In response to these detections, OpenCandy has provided the following information:How do I uninstall OpenCandy?

Since OpenCandy does not permanently install anything on your computer, there is nothing to uninstall. Our technology was selected by a developer and runs temporarily in their downloads which you may have selected and run. The plug-in shows an app recommendation and is designed to self-delete from your computer when it has finished operating. If you are concerned that something extraordinary resulted in any remnant traces being left on your computer, you may download and run our small clean-up utility to ensure all OpenCandy traces which are regularly self-deleted, are in fact gone.


Note: The file name for the OpenCandy cleanup utility is OCCleanupTool.zip

IMO, removal of OpenCandy detections is an optional choice. I have provided the information so you can make an informed decision as whether to remove it or not.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

opencandy is not in my registry but rkill still lists the following: 0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy.com

Rkill will display the first 20 valid entries in the HOSTS file file which sometimes is altered (modified) by malware infection.

Microsoft Fix It: How do I reset the hosts file back to the default?

HOSTS files for different versions of Windows is available for download at Bleeping Computer. If using Internet Explorer, you can right-click the download link, choose Save Link As..., hosts, Save as All Files and save to your desktop. If you click on the download link so it opens a web page with the hosts file information, click on File and select Save As..., then save the hosts file wiihout an extension to its default location[.
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