Remove OpenCandy from your Windows PC

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 23, 2014

Whenever you install software on your Windows PC, there is a chance that it comes with third-party offers included. These offers range from other software that you may install on your system to toolbars, browser extensions or modifications made to your browser setup including the search provider and homepage.

OpenCandy is one service that developers of software use to power these offers. Unlike many others, it is displaying custom offers to users while the software is being installed.

Other software wrappers may display the same offer to all users who run the installer while OpenCandy will display different offers depending on various factors such as the user's location in the world.

The easiest way to determine whether an installer uses OpenCandy or not is by checking for the OpenCandy EULA link in it. If a reference to OpenCandy is made it is being used.

open candy

OpenCandy collects information when it is run on a computer system including the operating system and version, country, location and timezone.

Tip: Our OpenCandy guide goes into detail and provides you with all relevant information about the service.

OpenCandy should terminate after you have finished installation of the software program regardless of whether you accepted included third-party offers or not.

If you have installed a third-party offer, the OpenCandy helper application may run on the system afterwards for a limited period of time. It is being used to verify that the third-party offer was activated (meaning run) before it "deletes itself automatically).

The OpenCandy Cleanup Tool has been designed to remove any trace of OpenCandy from a Windows PC.  You can run the portable application right after download and unzipping.

opencandy cleanup tool

It sports a basic interface that displays two buttons and a progress bar on start. The start button initiates the system scan which usually does not take longer than a couple of seconds to complete.

The progress is displayed at all times in the interface and a success or failure status message is displayed in the end so that you know if the operation completed successfully or not.

opencandy cleanup

While it is usually not necessary to run the cleanup tool on your PC, as OpenCandy should not stay on it permanently according to the developing company, it may prove useful if you notice it on your system or just want it removed immediately after you notice files of the service are on your system.

You can download the latest version of the program with a click on the following link: (Download Removed)

Note that we don't support the program in any way.

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OpenCandy Cleanup Tool
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  1. Collin said on August 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

    The opencandy uninstaller doesn’t work.

    Check out the post by Rick Corbett @

    The files generated by opencandy installations are still there after the uninstaller is run.

  2. PhoneyVirus said on June 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Foxit Reader’s download manager tried installing this after they were done updating, Malwarebytes stop it right in it’s tracks.

    Thanks for the the little Tutorial Martin


  3. AJ North said on June 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Another layer of protection is offered by Unchecky – .

    In addition to routing the user through the installation path offering options to decline bundled applications (generally unchecked by default), it blocks OpenCandy (and several other PUPs) through the HOSTS file. Though still technically in beta, it is stable, effective and regularly updated.

  4. Anon said on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve already blocked it on my hosts file

    i haven’t tested it in a while though

  5. JJ said on June 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    When installing a program known to have Open Candy you can run this command to install the program without the crap.
    program.* /NOCANDY
    For instance like the FreeMake Video Downloader shown above the command would be
    FreemakeVideoDownloaderSetup.exe /NOCANDY

    But really all you have to do is pay attention and uncheck or “do not agree” with any offers no related to the program you really want. Do not just haphazardly click yes to everything show on the screen.
    Like I keep telling my wife. READ READ READ not just CLICK CLICK CLICK.

  6. intelligencia said on June 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Open Candy is a Definite ANNOYANCE.
    I Treat it like Malware!!!

    Use Malwarebytes and/or Spybot Search and Destroy to get RID of it – – Pronto!!!


  7. [email protected] said on June 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    There should be a screen showing what OCC removed and what it didn’t.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Agreed, this is definitely a shortcoming. Better would be to display scan results and give you the option to delete or not.

  8. Harsh said on June 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I tell all my friends and family to run adwcleaner.

  9. Michael Safrin said on June 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Anybody who’s downloaded stuff they had no idea was on their computer, would find calling it “Open Shit” a much more appropriate

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