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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".

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

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