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PUP.Optional.OpenCandy is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) adware module.

OpenCandy hijacks a browser’s home page, installs unwanted toolbars, plug-ins, and extensions to the web browser, and collects information about a user’s surfing habits and sends it to third parties without consent.

Common infection method

PUP.Optional.OpenCandy is often bundled with freeware and shareware.

Avoidance Advice: 

To avoid installation, we suggest being more attentive while installing freeware and shareware programs.  

  • Choose the custom option when installing so you can see and uncheck any unwanted programs from being installed.
  • Update your OS and active applications
  • Run Malwarebytes products


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware completely removes this threat. No further clean up is required.

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