Not long ago Microsoft, in a move that proves once again that there is absolute zero surplus of brains available there, rolled out the “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1” update. Shortly afterward many users were more than a bit aggravated at the fact that it also installed, without asking I might add, a Firefox plugin called “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension”.
What was so especially aggravating about this was the fact that they went out of their way to make it difficult to remove, disabling the “uninstall” button, Etc. Now, after a lot of very annoyed users have made it clear how much they didn’t like something being installed into their browsers without even a “may I please?”, they boys at Redmond have released an update that fixes the problem and makes it easier to uninstall the thing.
Of course, there’s also the removal instructions provided recently at Annoyances.org that give clear, step by step instructions for removing the plugin that Microsoft had ZERO right to install without permission in the first place.
Either way, because that plugin essentially gives Firefox one of IE’s long standing vulnerabilities, getting rid of the blasted thing is really the only sensible way to go. Now all we need to do is convince Microsoft to leave our browsers (and other software) alone.
[Tags]firefox plugin, firefox extension, unwanted extension, dot net update, sneaky underhanded tactics, ie vulnerability, corporate stupidity[/tags]