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Partnership 3.7/4.4 and 4.9/5.2 details: OpenCandy

This page is outdated, and refers to old partneship.

PeaZip no longer comes with bundled OpenCandy or AVG advertising module: starting from release 5.3.0 all packages contains only free software under OSI definition.

Please refer to current Terms Of Service page

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Partnership 3.7/4.4 and 4.9/5.2 details: OpenCandy

PeaZip 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 in current releases).
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, StumbleUpon, Wakoopa 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.

This partnership applies only to said versions of PeaZip for Windows and PeaZip for Windows 64 bit installers.
All other packages does not feature advertising bundle: Linux/BSD packages, PeaZip Portable packages, and PeaZip installers (plain) packages.
Plain installer packages without third party bundle offers, are available from PeaZip for Windows download page, and SourceForgeOpen Source

How does the advertising module works:

No ads outside the installer

Advertisement is shown during the software installation only. Once installer has terminated, the user will not receive any more advertisement from the bundled advertising module.

Recommended software can always be declined: installers failing to work that way are not autorized to partner with OpenCandy advertising network
Recommended software is not needed to install or run PeaZip, and can always be declined.
No unwanted software is installed: user can always accept or decline the 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 installer.

Advertising module can be completely skipped
If preferred, 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.

Recommended software can be removed at any time: it is a prerequisite for advertisers for being eligible of being featured in OpenCandy network
Recommended software are separate products from third party and have their own separate uninstallers.
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.
In no way the user is hampered when uninstalling or otherwise modifying the installed software.

Advertisers are double screened, by OpenCandy network and by the author
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.

Developers participating to OpenCandy network must comply well defined quality guidelines, see OpenCandy Software Network Policies, FAQ, and Privacy Policy.

Before publication, all packages, including partnership installers, are thoroughly scanned with multiple antimalware tools to ensure they are clean of any malware or malware-like features.
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.

Reporting problems

Please report to me and to OpenCandy any problem and suggestion either with OpenCandy advertising module and about advertisers.
When reporting issues please try to be more informative and detailed as possible, i.e. specify details of operating system and browser (language, 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 quality 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.
Moreover, you 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 community.

How to avoid third parts software
  • Use a non-partnership package, i.e. plain installers or PeaZip Portable, they does not contain OpenCandy advertising module.
  • If a partnership installer is used, it can be 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 adverstising module.
  • If a recommended software was installed, refer to third party documentation for uninstalling it.

I would like to be immediately notified when are experienced problems regarding those critical areas:
  • Partner's installer module must give complete and correct information about the recommended software
  • Partner's installer module must never override user's choice to accept or decline the recommendation
  • Partner's installer module and third party recommended 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 complete and correct information about how to uninstall it cleanly, and provide a standard uninstaller
In case of any doubt, I recommend to double-check any suspicious file or URL, i.e. with a good online free scanner like VirustotalOpen Source which employs multiple antivirus/antimalware engines for maximum security and to minimize false positive reports, or URLVoidOpen Source that merge various online information sources about web domains.

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