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Danger level 6
Type: Adware


Computer security threats come in various types and groups. Adware.OpenCandy belongs to a specific group of malware infections. Originally, adware is a part of any software package and it automatically downloads, displays or plays various advertisements on your computer. By itself adware is harmless, but Adware.OpenCandy is a case of adware which comes integrated with a spyware which can cause you detrimental damage.

Such malware applications like Adware.OpenCandy tend to arrive at your system through a drive-by download. It is usually a part of some software and its download starts without you knowing it. Adware.Open will trespass your privacy and even cause harm to your computer. Adware usually generates annoying advertising pop-ups which just don’t leave you be, but this threat, in addition to the usual adware behavior, can also gather your personal information and send them out to the third parties. And no one knows what questionable deeds the cyber criminals might be able to perform with your personal data.

Adware.OpenCandy normally shouldn’t destroy or manipulate the files that you have in your computer, but there are certain process files which are associated with this threat. When you open your Windows Task Manager you might find there a “wscntfy.exe” process. Normally it is a legitimate Windows file, which was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2. Keep in mind that this process does not exists in Windows Vista or Windows 7, so if you see it in your Task Manager, it is a sign that you have been infected! Also, in Windows XP wscntfy.exe can be found in the C:\Windows\system32\wscntfy.exe folder. So if you find this file anywhere else, it is Adware.OpenCandy disguising as a legitimate file.

Needless to say, that you should consider your computer’s safety to be one of your top priorities. Keeping your computer safe includes eliminating such pesky threats as Adware.OpenCandy from your system before they cause any serious damage. Acquire a trustworthy malware remover and kill Adware.OpenCandy, so it wouldn’t bother you anymore.

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How to manually remove Adware.OpenCandy

Files associated with Adware.OpenCandy infection:


Adware.OpenCandy processes to kill:



  1. jeff Mar 2, 2011

    Thank you so much, you’ve saved me a whole lot of trouble. Very easily explained and it’s totally gone from my computer as well as tons of other stuff my former anti-virus program

  2. Hackzor Mar 16, 2011

    This virus is a fake. It seem to be in many installers. The comment above this one is someone who doesn't know computer at ALL

  3. Dave Jul 29, 2011

    Opencandy is anew type of adware/info harvester. A PIA if you ask me

  4. hackzee Nov 10, 2012

    opencandy is a *****

  5. pic Nov 10, 2012

    Yes thats right OpenCandy is a *********

  6. Buggs Jun 29, 2013

    It came with Real Player install for us. Most frustrating! Fortunately eset caught it.

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