installers for Windows were released with bundled OpenCandy
advertising module, that display ads during the installation of the
software, in releases from 3.7 to 4.4 and from 4.9 to 5.2 (not bundled
It is similar to Google AdSense, except it displays
advertisements (promoting software from qualified partners of the
advertising network) during the installation of a software
instead than on websites.
Partners includes well known entities
like Microsoft (Internet Explorer,
Bing), Real Player, AVG Antivirus, Yahoo, AOL, Nitro PDF Reader,
and many others.
This partnership is meant as alternative to donations
and online ads
to help PeaZip project to get needed funding in order to keep on the
development, provide a quality hosting, and machines for testing,
porting and optimizing the application
on newer platforms, even if they have a small market share and may not
generate enough return to keep the platform-specific
development active by themselves.
partnership applies only to said versions of PeaZip for Windows and
Windows 64 bit installers.
All other packages does not feature advertising bundle: Linux/BSD
PeaZip Portable packages, and PeaZip installers (plain) packages.
|How does the advertising module works:
No ads outside
is shown during the software
installation only. Once installer has terminated, the user will not
more advertisement from the bundled advertising module.
always be declined: installers
failing to work that way are not autorized to partner with OpenCandy
software is not
install or run PeaZip, and can always be declined.
can be completely skipped
No unwanted software is installed: user can always accept or decline
recommendation, the user is in full control of what is installed,
and in no way the user's selection can be overridden or hampered by the
partnership installers can be launched with /NOCANDY
parameter to disable running OpenCandy advertising module at all.
If launched with /SILENT or /VERYSILENT parameter, the installer will
complete without requiring user intervention and will not load, display
nor install any third party offer.
Another solution is using the plain installer package (see previous
box), which not contains any bundle at all.
software can be removed at any
time: it is a prerequisite for advertisers for being eligible of being
featured in OpenCandy network
separate products from third party and have their own separate
are double screened, by OpenCandy network and by the author
Please refer to the third party programs' documentation for removing or
modifying third party software, usually uninstallers are available from
Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, or in Start > All Programs
(in each program's folder), or reachable from the web browser for
toolbars and browser add-ons.
way the user is hampered when uninstalling or otherwise modifying
the installed software.
OpenCandy platform allows partner
developers to select advertisers
eligible to display ads in their own installers.
I block advertisers which fails to address my personal requirements of
reputation and usefulness, and any
feedback is welcome to improve the
quality of the recommendations.
participating to OpenCandy network must comply well defined
quality guidelines, see OpenCandy
Software Network Policies, FAQ, and Privacy
publication, all packages, including
installers, are thoroughly
multiple antimalware tools to ensure they are clean of any malware or
Moreover, to utterly enforce user's security, most
download websites that host or links PeaZip packages does the same,
providing independent scan certifications, see in example download mirrors page
report to me
any problem and suggestion either with
OpenCandy advertising module and about advertisers.
reporting issues please try to be more informative and detailed as
possible, i.e. specify details of operating system and browser
32 or 64 bit, version, service pack level, etc), and the
complete way to
replicate a problem you experienced.
OpenCandy needs this information in order to keeping providing a good
service, fix bugs and be informed about developers' and advertisers'
behavior with end users.
I can filter recommendations to be displayed in the installer, so
please inform me about low quality or
low reputation advertisers so they can be avoided to be shown at all.
To offer interesting, useful and safe software to end users is
important to me as it is important for end users to receive only
recommendations: only the constant feedback of a community can make
this network improve in the long run, exactly as community feedback is
fundamental for running a good software project.
Please keep in mind OpenCandy advertising module is an alternative
funding source for PeaZip project, you are never forced to use it, as
alternative packages without third party bundle are available,
partnership installers can be started disabling the advertising module
(/NOCANDY), and in any case the recommendation can be declined, as
accepting it is not required to complete PeaZip's installation.
are free to use, distribute and modify PeaZip in all its parts as it is
Open Source software, and in this way it fundamentally belongs to the
|How to avoid third parts software
- Use a non-partnership package, i.e. plain
or PeaZip Portable, they does not contain OpenCandy advertising module.
- If a partnership installer is used, it
started with /NOCANDY parameter to disable OpenCandy advertising
module, or in /SILENT or /VERYSILENT mode.
- If a partnership installer is used, the
recommendation is not mandatory for PeaZip installation and can be
declined: user choice is never overridden by the correctly implemented
- If a recommended software was installed,
third party documentation for uninstalling it.
I would like to be immediately
notified when are experienced problems regarding those critical areas:
In case of any
doubt, I recommend to double-check any suspicious file
or URL, i.e. with a good online free scanner like Virustotal which
employs multiple antivirus/antimalware engines for maximum security and
false positive reports, or URLVoid that merge
various online information sources about web domains.
- Partner's installer module must
give complete and correct information about the recommended software
- Partner's installer module must never override
to accept or decline the recommendation
- Partner's installer module and third party
software must not employ any technique that is considered harmful by
anti-malware programs: in this case, unless it is a false positive or
the claim is dismissed by wider consensus of most reliable anti-malware
software, the problem must be fixed as soon as possible
- Third party recommended software should give
correct information about how to uninstall it cleanly, and provide a