Savefrom.net is a website that promotes the SaveFrom.net helper application compatible with widely-used browsers. The application is designed to download videos directly from Youtube, Vimeo, and similar pages. It is can be indeed useful to many users who wish to watch their favorite videos at any time. However, the developers of the program have chosen to use OpenCandy – an advertising network that may have a reputation because of its third party applications module. As you probably suspect, the reason for the collaboration between any developers and OpenCandy is monetary. Continue reading to learn more.
|Type||PUP, browser add-on|
|Short Description||The application provides useful services but may have dubious third party affiliates policy.|
|Symptoms||The user’s homepage can be changed, multiple files and registry entries can be added to the system.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, its official page, other freeware pages.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by SaveFrom.net Helper |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SaveFrom.net Helper.|
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update December 2018
More and more information has been coming in regards to SaveFrom.net – related add-ons. One particular problematic toolbar has been reported to be associated with the name YouTube Downloader. Similar to most fakeYouTube Downloaders, the SaveFrom download app advertises usefulness and easy access:
In reality however, the program shows different types of advertisements and may slow down your PC, plus it may redirect you to dangerous sites which may be either scam or malware infested.
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update October 2018
The potentionally unwanted application (PUA) OpenCandy is continuing to spread with SaveFrom.net Helper and similar software. It is october 2018 and it seems that both applications are still in collaboration and are working together to plague users with advertisements. The screenshot displayed below is from the Savefrom.net website:
As you can see there are even pop-ups appearing on the site itself, even before trying to download the helper application. The ads seem to detect your country or general region and display ads in your language in order to reel you in deeper. Be careful around that site and everything connected to the applications. You can read more about them inside this article.
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update November 2017
Computers, affected with SaveFrom have decreased in number, but the app itself has been developed to display new forms of advertisements. In addition to this, multiple different changes have been made to the website of this unwanted application and a Facebook page of it has also been created.
What is OpenCandy?
Because of its description and offers, OpenCandy has been analyzed by several anti-virus programs. This is the description given by Sophos:
→OpenCandy is an advertising software module consisting of a Microsoft Windows library that can be incorporated in a Windows Installer. When a user installs an application that includes the OpenCandy library, it presents offers for additional third party applications that may be unwanted by the user. Such third party applications are typically installed onto users’ computers by default, but may include an option to ‘opt-out’ during or after the installation process.
Is SaveFrom.net Safe to Use?
Due to the application’s appealing description, many users have decided to download it. Some users may have chosen to use it continuously while others have opted to uninstall it.
One user has shared his concerns regarding a mandatory update issued by the company in April 2014. This is what he has written in a forum post in Yahoo Answers:
→In April 2014, SaveFrom.net, a video-download browser extension, issued a mandatory update. (If you refuse the update, the helper is disabled within your browser). That update seeks far more permissions to track your Internet browsing activities, including the sites you visit even when you are not using the video-download app. (To urge use of their browser helper, the use of their web-site to download without an app is restricted).
A question that can immediately arise from what is stated above is why the company has adopted that kind of policy. The most obvious reason is the most simple one – to monetize collected user information such as:
- Surfing habits
- Website preferences
- Browsing History
No one is really surprised by the fact that third party companies in various sectors work together for profit reasons. In the field of unwanted software and bundling, developers and advertisers tend to collaborate quite often. Data obtained from the software users is often sold to online advertising agencies to display targeted advertisements.
Should I Remove SaveFrom.net from My PC?
Even though you may find the application handy and user-friendly, you may want to consider uninstalling it.
This is a screenshot of the app’s installer:
When we downloaded it, the installer had the Opera browser as a recommended option. However, a PUP could have been in its place.
Security researchers have compiled a list of the files the OpenCandy installer can drop on the system. This is just a small extraction of the files:
C:\Documents and Settings\test user\Local Settings\Temp\is-8JG3T.tmp\sample.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\CDBurnerXP.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\CDBurnerXP.lnk
Additionally, new registry keys are also created such as:
Since SaveFrom.net Helper may have been accompanied by a troublesome PUP or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), running a full system scan to clean the system is often advisory.
If you are an expert user, you can refer to the removal steps below the article.