Installation of certain softwares is accompanied by a step in which the user is shown a suggestion like Yahoo toolbar, Google toolbar or even other softwares. This is managed by an application called Open Candy.
From Wikipedia :
OpenCandy is a company based in San Diego that produces an advertising software module consisting of a Microsoft Windows library that can be incorporated in a Windows installer. When a user installs an application that has the OpenCandy library, there is an option to install additional software that it recommends (based on a scan of the user’s system and geolocation). The software was originally developed for the DivX installation, by CEO Darrius Thompson. When installing DivX, the user was prompted to optionally install the Yahoo! Toolbar. Divx received $15.7 million during the first nine months of 2008 from Yahoo and other software developers, after 250 million downloads.
Such huge amounts of money attracted many software developers and hence we now see Open Candy in many popular softwares. Also, it is considered as Adware by Microsoft.
So, what is the problem with Open Candy?
The problem with Open Candy is that it collects information from your computer. Not personally identifiable information, but it collects information about your Operating System, kind of softwares installed on it etc. Some people don’t worry about it, as no personally identifiable information is collected. But, to some privacy is major concern and they don’t want anyone even to peek into their systems. So, this article is for such people who want to maintain privacy.
So How do you skip Open candy?
You have 3 options:-
- See the ad and choose not to install the recommended software
- Disconnect Internet when running such an application
- Use the /NOCANDY switch to skip opencandy
To use the /NOCANDY switch follow the guide:-
- Go to start menu → in the search box type cmd → Right click the command prompt and select “run as administrator”.
- When the command prompt windows opens, type the path where the software’s installer is located.Eg: If the software is located in the desktop type
And then press Enter Key.
P.S: Don’t forget to substitute *username by the name of the current user account.
- Now type the following
<name of the installer>.exe /NOCANDY
Substitute <name of the installer> by the name of the installer of the software.
Press Enter Key and the installer will begin.
Eg: If I want to install CD Burner XP pro which is located at my desktop I will type the following
That’s it now the Installer will run without Open Candy.
Tip:- Some software’s also give a version of their installer which does not include open candy. Carefully check the downloads page to find out such installers.
Tip 2: Thanks to Zeri Andavari for this speedy tip.
Instead of typing in the path the the setup .exe file you can also drag ‘n’ drop it onto the Command Prompt, and then the only thing to type in is /NOCANDY.