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Orbit Downloader Contains Adware Win32/OpenCandy

Posted by David  •  Mar 1st, 2011 8:37:30 pm - Subscribe | Mood: pissed | Music: No Music

Orbit Open Candy Adware

Orbit Downloader known for downloading, video, music, and streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP contains Adware.

I recently did a scan on my computer using Microsoft's Security Essentials, when I received an alert. It stated that Adware:Win32/Open Candy was detected, the alert level was low, status active, and the recommended action was to remove.

So what's funny is that Orbit Downloader has Awards from websites like Softpedia, Baixaki, Nota Softonic, Vist Files, ITshareware, Download.HR all stating that it's adware, spyware, and virus free. Well I care to differ.

Do not download Orbit Downloader, unless you are interested in some adware.

Alert stated:
Category: Adware

Description: This program delivers potentially unwanted advertisements to your computer.

Recommended action: Permit this detected item only if you trust the program or the software publisher.

Security Essentials detected programs that may compromise your privacy or damage your computer. You can still access the files that these programs use without removing them (not recommended). To access these files, select the Allow action and click Apply actions. If this option is not available, log on as administrator or ask the security administrator for help.


Orbit Downloader Contains Adware (Open Candy)

More information regarding this Adware:
Adware:Win32/OpenCandy - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

Comments 5  •  Mar 1st, 2011 8:37:30 pm - Subscribe  •  Tweet this entry | Post a comment


anonymous Says:
March 18th, 2011

Hi David,

I'm Dr. Apps, the Software Community Guru for OpenCandy. I'd be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about OC.

It is true that this software contains an OpenCandy offer which you, as a user, may clearly accept or decline. Software developers from all over the world have integrated the OpenCandy software plug-in which has been downloaded more than 400,000,000 times with the objective of presenting a software recommendation offer to help generate revenue and offset the costs of developing and distributing their software.

OpenCandy is not installed on the user's computer nor is the user presented any advertising or other software offers outside of the actual software installation process. OpenCandy will not impact your computer or risk your privacy.

OpenCandy software was recently and wrongly identified by Microsoft Malware Protection Center as a low level adware threat. We have a detailed post about the situation available here:
and more specifics on what OpenCandy is, available here:

Please Note: By default Microsoft Security Essentials does not remove installers that contain OpenCandy. Their recommendation action is "Select an action" and the advice is "Permit this detected item only if you trust the program or software publisher". The software publisher, and OpenCandy, recommend you choose "Allow". You will not see the alert again, you will continue to freely use the software you downloaded, and your computer remains safe and secure.

We have strict policies around the safety and user experience necessary to be and continue to be an OpenCandy partner which are available at

Opencandy is not an adware threat and we strongly disagree and continue to dispute the threat classification.

Be well!

Dr. Apps
Software Community Guru for OpenCandy

anonymous Says:
March 20th, 2011

I don't trust Orbit downloader anymore for this. It should be a clean installantion or at least an option wich you could control. But I can't afterwards.
Besides that 80% of all software updates a false positives so eventually it's a service wich leads to more problems than it would solve them.
After years of using Orbit Downloader I'm seeking for another solution.

anonymous Says:
March 23rd, 2011

Oh Dr. Apps. I see you're busy posting on pretty much any blog that has told the truth about this monster. I'd rather believe Microsoft's definition of what your garbage truly is as opposed to what some guy who is getting paid by Open Candy has to say. A warning to everyone -- any free program you download needs to be scanned and if this is found in the installer DELETE IT.

anonymous Says:
March 23rd, 2011

Google Microsoft Open Candy. THat's all you need to know.

anonymous Says:
December 28th, 2011

More to know if find orbit downloader still useful:
"Can I avoid OpenCandy?
Yes you can. Use /NOCANDY parameter when starting installation program."

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