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Windows 7: OpenCandy

18 Oct 2011   #31

W7 64 Bit

It's six months later and no one has said "thank you" for motivating the developers to remove OpenCandy from 's Free Video converter! Geez, Louise!! LOL

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18 Oct 2011   #32
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Well Louis I don't use so I didn't know.
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18 Oct 2011   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

No doubt, Open Candy is an adware but of a different kind. An extract from their website Connecting Software Developers and Advertisers | OpenCandy

The OpenCandy Software Network powers user-friendly software recommendations in Windows installers.
  1. Software advertisers offer their products through OpenCandy
  2. Developers choose offers to recommend
  3. OpenCandy powers recommendations during installation.
It works only during the installation of a software that carries it, advertising some or other software. One need not necessarily install the recommended software. As far as I have known it does not install itself into the system.

Way back, when I tried to update Mediainfo, MSE detected it as a malware. Subsequently, Open Candy took up the matter with Microsoft and must have convinced them that it is not. MSE no longer treats Open Candy as a malware for the above reasons.

Once the clouds cleared, I installed Mediainfo.
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18 Oct 2011   #34

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

FWIW: I started in this computer/software business a long time ago when the only things available were dos, ezwriter, wordstar and a few others. Then in the 80's people started writing software and gave it away free. Then a famous author of pc-file started the freeware/shareware option. Many did contribute voluntarily and some of the authors of good programs did make a little money. They did not have to resort to add on's for other programs.

Now a days, probably about 85% of the people who own PC's don't have the slightest idea of how to install programs in the advanced mode. They just hit enter and their systems get loaded with junk and of course most don't know how to get rid of them. Those of us who frequent the Windows 7 forums are by the most part a step above the 85% in that either they are here for help or they are helpers. That is probably one reason many here are super sensitive about adware addon's.

I like to pull my network cable when I install new FREE programs to make sure that things work ok and my firewall takes care of any that want to call home.

Just my take on all this.

You don't get nothing for nothing! (my old grandfather told me that over 60 years ago)

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