Win32 CandyOpen

Win32 CandyOpen

Win32 CandyOpen is a software component that possesses many traits that are typical for an adware app – it can spam the browser with ads. Win32 CandyOpen normally gets installed without the user knowing it and it may try to open new pages and tabs during browsing sessions.

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The Win32 CandyOpen Virus

However, as we have just mentioned, in many cases the users who get Win32 CandyOpen on their computers do not realize it until the ads start to show on their screen. This is because the majority of adware apps tend to get distributed as additional components bundled with other programs that are more desirable. This is called file bundling and is a very popular method of distributing potentially unwanted software such as adware. The key to avoiding this is to always have a look at the Advanced setup options for any program installer. As far as the removal of adware apps like Win32 CandyOpen or PUA InstallCore is concerned, the following guide will give you instructions on how you can uninstall the invasive adware application.

The Win32 CandyOpen Virus

All in all, the Win32 CandyOpen virus is a pretty irritating piece of software that we wouldn’t recommend installing on your computer. If you are struggling with an annoying issue with your browser where your screen is constantly getting bombarded with invasive advertisements most probably the Win32 CandyOpen virus application installed in your browser that’s responsible for all the intrusiveness.

The purpose of adware apps is just that – to show you different ads, banners, pop-up messages, to redirect you to different pages and so on and so forth as means of making money for their creators. The effects of adware can be experienced in any browser – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera. Even Safari users on Mac machines oftentimes complain about the presence of some weird add-on like app inside the browser that is spamming the screen with obnoxious and highly irritating ads.

Some protection tips

Every computer user needs to be well aware of the fact that many ads throughout the Internet may be unsafe and may represent potential security hazards for their computers’ safety. The same could be said about the commercial materials that Win32 CandyOpen may show on your screen. In itself, Win32 CandyOpen is not a software intended to cause harm. Unlike a Trojan or a Ransomware or some other nasty malware program, this adware is probably not going to attempt to carry out some malicious activity in your system. However, if you wish to protect your computer and prevent it from getting exposed to Trojans, Ransomware Rootkits, Worms and other similar dangerous programs, we advise you to minimize your interaction with the ads that you are likely to see getting spammed on your screen while the adware is still active. Obviously, the best course of action in this case would be to uninstall the adware and that is why we once again need to remind you to make use of the guide that is present on this page and with its help remove the undesirable software app that has been bothering you lately.


Name Win32 CandyOpen
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most trait and symptom of unwanted adware apps is that they generate many obstructive ads on the users’ screens.
Distribution Method Oftentimes, you can find adware under the advanced setup options of the installer for some free program or update.
Detection Tool

Remove Win32 CandyOpen Virus

To try and remove Win32 CandyOpen quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Win32 CandyOpen extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Win32 CandyOpen by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Win32 CandyOpen and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Win32 CandyOpen removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

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    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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    Win32 CandyOpen  Remove Win32 CandyOpen from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  Win32 CandyOpen —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Win32 CandyOpen —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Win32 CandyOpen Remove Win32 CandyOpen from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Win32 CandyOpen  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Win32 CandyOpenRemove Win32 CandyOpen from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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