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Microsoft Releases Fix For Unwanted Firefox Plugin



June 8th, 2009 13:01 pm | by Ed |

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.

Technorati Tags: dot net update, ie vulnerability, firefox extension, corporate stupidity, sneaky underhanded tactics, firefox plugin, unwanted extension

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4 Comments

  1. Steve on 09.07.2009 at 11:30 (Reply)


    For years, I had a shrunken Windows XP partition on this laptop, dual-booted with Ubuntu. When I first heard of this latest Windows gotcha, I deleted that partition and scraped the Windows COA sticker off the bottom of the machine. This latest stunt finally convinced me that Windows is malware. True, it *might* have been a merely stupid move, but a sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

    1. Ed on 12.07.2009 at 12:03 (Reply)


      Even in spite of that I”m probably going to keep at least one XP partition around somewhere. Vista and Seven however, ain’t welcome on any machine of mine.

  2. Havvy on 10.07.2009 at 00:15 (Reply)


    They didn’t put it out of the way by purposely disabling the uninstall button. They installed it as a global extension. Such extensions can never be uninstalled from a profile in Firefox3.5 or lower. Doing it as a local extension would not be possible. Still, the action of it installing without permission is not to be praised. You just have on misconception.

    1. Ed on 12.07.2009 at 12:10 (Reply)


      They can’t be removed ?? I’m afraid it’s you who have a misconception and apparently didn’t read my post in it’s entirety either. That thing, even installed as a global extension actually can be removed: http://annoyances.org/exec/show/article08-600 provides clear step by step instructions for removing that unwanted bastard child of Microsoft.

      As for the rest of your comment, installing it without permission is not only “not to be praised”. In *MY* opinion it’s bloody criminal of them, no better than malware authors that set up malicious websites to hit unsuspecting visitors with a “drive by download” and should be subject to the same penalties as those convicted of the drive by malware.

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