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[Jul. 1st, 2009|11:16 am]
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I don't have much time, but a quick recount of my latest computer adventure thanks to Microsoft trying to muck with the firefox browser behind our backs.

Today I noticed an add-on I didn't install to my firefox browser, .net framework assistant. Seems microsoft wanted to add some security weaknesses into firefox allowing instillation of programs without the user's knowledge.

To ensure we have the weakened security they make it difficult to remove said unwanted addon (if you've got it, you'll notice the uninstall button for this addon won't work).

I followed the instructions here to remove it. http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article08-600

Well, I need to go take Mom to a Dr.'s apt. now.
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[User Picture]From: sydneygb
2009-07-01 05:02 pm (UTC)
That's just about as evil as can be! I don't think I have that - I looked at your link and I don't see anything they mentioned in the registry or in about:config.

Microsoft should go die in a freakin' fire, man. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Over.
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2009-07-02 08:38 am (UTC)
The easy way to tell if you have it is to launch firefox. Under its tools menu select add-ons (it should open to the extension tab where the add-ons are listed, if not click that tab). If you see an add on called ".net framework assistant" or something like that (think I read it could be just ".net framework" too), you've got it otherwise you don't.

Basically, if you didn't add anything on to your firefox browser, you shouldn't have any add-ons listed there at all. (I do have 3 add-on's that I use, but I added them myself from firefox's site of approved add-ons to their browser).

Edited at 2009-07-02 08:43 am (UTC)
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