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The Story Behind the OpenCandy Adware Debacle @ NGOHQ.com

Posted on Sunday, March 06 2011 @ 13:19:53 CET by

NGOHQ published an article about the OpenCandy controversy, you can read it over here.
Remember the story of ESET and Microsoft OpenCandy mass false positive alerts we published a few days ago? OpenCandy's CEO has made the following statement: "I’d like to take a moment to update our partners, consumers and other interested parties on a situation that has consumed the vast majority of our small company’s attention lately.

A few weeks ago, on February 12, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) classified OpenCandy’s software as “Low (threat level) Adware.” This prompted Microsoft security products (such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender) to alert consumers downloading any of the hundreds of high-quality, trusted applications that use OpenCandy to make software recommendations in their installers.

We believe we have identified the cause of this misunderstanding and taken action to resolve it, so it should not affect any new OpenCandy software distribution going forward. However, there still remains an issue that Microsoft is falsely alerting potentially hundreds of millions of consumers (who have downloaded or are downloading, previous versions of OpenCandy software)."



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