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Windows 7: Interesting new take on the ImgBurn OpenCandy problem

05 Dec 2015   #1

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
Interesting new take on the ImgBurn OpenCandy problem

I was on the MDL forum recently and some dude was moaning about ImgBurn and the bundled OpenCandy malware/pup. One bright spark suggested unpacking the ImgBurn install exe with 7-Zip and deleting the OpenCandy nonsense, leaving you with a portable version of ImgBurn. So I did some tests -

ImgBurn install exe uploaded to VirusTotal gives these results -

Interesting new take on the ImgBurn OpenCandy problem-imgburnsetup_virustotal.jpg

bad news !

unpacking the ImgBurn setup exe with 7-Zip gives this folder

Interesting new take on the ImgBurn OpenCandy problem-imgburn_extracted.jpg

the OpenCandy nonsense is in the $PLUGINSDIR folder. You just delete that folder and ImgBurn.exe runs as a standalone, portable app. I've tested what's left with Malwarebytes and VirusTotal and it all comes back as clean. ImgBurn.exe works as per normal (incl the silly tune when completed).

AFAIK WinZip and WinRAR cannot unpack an exe. 7-Zip has that functionality.

7-Zip download |

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05 Dec 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Nice work,
How much crap is included into 7-Zip
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05 Dec 2015   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

You might also want to try running the ImgBurn installer by dropping the executable into the window that opens when you run the batch file here:

Looking for freeware to burn bin/cue other than imgburn

Or download the clean ImgBurn installer from
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05 Dec 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

MBAM Pro will detect and strip instances of Open Candy from a program installer and still allow the program to install normally.
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05 Dec 2015   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Nice work,
How much crap is included into 7-Zip
Actually, 7-Zip is clean. I've used it for years and just downloaded the newest version last month. No viruses or PUPs included. :)
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