Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

OpenCandy claims that using the /NOCANDY switch when using a OpenCandy-affiliated installer allows you to avoid opencandy.

  1. Should I take their word for it?
  2. If not, can anyone independent of OpenCandy and their affiliates verify that /NOCANDY works?

Background: About to install WinSCP onto a fresh Windows installation, and found out that new versions have OpenCandy associated with their installer. For the sake of balance, here's a link to WinSCP's FAQ on OpenCandy. The claim about /NOCANDY working appears on WinSCP's web site, but the same boilerplate appears on other OpenCandy web sites.

If the OpenCandy people are offended by the tag "spyare": sorry, but it's the main tag here, rather than "adware".

share|improve this question
here's a fun thread on the Miro forums: full thread, miro backpedal #1, opencandy evangelist speaks ... and in the interest of fairness, opencandy's privacy policy. the Miro thread hits the how/what/where; doesn't mention /NOCANDY but does talk about OpenCandy_Why_Is_This_Here.txt. – quack quixote Apr 20 '10 at 8:36
gonna go ahead and retag "adware" ... they claim to be more like AdSense than a by-the-Wikipedia-definition adware, but i think AdSense is really a form of web-based-adware, so it seems a bit more accurate. – quack quixote Apr 20 '10 at 8:44

I just downloaded ImgBurn, another program that has OpenCandy in the installer. First I ran the installer normally, and saw the OpenCandy portion offering a 3rd-party program. Then I quit the installer, and then opened up a command prompt (using Run as Administrator), and ran the installer with the /NOCANDY switch, and never saw the OpenCandy portion offering any 3rd-party programs. So it seems the /NOCANDY switch does work.

There are a couple other ways to prevent OpenCandy from installing any 3rd-party programs, as mentioned in their FAQ:

* Beginner: disconnect your internet connection (beware some software needs the internet to complete its install)
* Intermediate: run the OpenCandy powered installer from the command-line with /NOCANDY
* Advanced: add a domain block in your firewall for *

In addition, with ImgBurn there are a couple more options to install while avoiding OpenCandy. These options may or may not work with WinSCP or any other software that comes with OpenCandy:

1) Perform an NSIS silent installation using the following command (mentioned in this post):

SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0.exe /S /D=C:\Program Files\ImgBurn

2) Use 7-Zip to open the installer and extract out the program files (mentioned in this post).

Additionally, some programs offer 2 versions of the installer - one with OpenCandy and one without. For example, CDBurnerXP does this, but when you go to their download page, it isn't immediately obvious that they have a version without OpenCandy. You have to click on "More download options" to see it.

Finally, if a program has a portable version, you can use that and you'll be sure to avoid OpenCandy, since portable versions don't have installers.

share|improve this answer
up vote -1 down vote accepted

Ended up installing a different SFTP client (Tunnelier) instead.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.