Microsoft Sneaks Un-Installable Extension Into Firefox Browsers

If you are religious about updating your PC through the Microsoft Update website and use the Firefox browser then there is an excellent chance an un-installable Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant extension was added to Firefox without your knowledge or your permission back in February.

Since millions ditched the widely exploitable Internet Explorer years ago for the much more secure open source Firefox, Microsoft has seen its browser market share continue to erode month after month. I wonder if this might be Microsoft’s sneaky way of getting back at those who have shunned their bloated-buggy-wide-open-to-internet-hackers browser?

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Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 update, pushed through the Windows Update service to all recent editions of Windows in February 2009, installs the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant firefox extension without asking your permission.

This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for websites to easily and quietly install software on your PC. Since this design flaw is one of the reasons you may’ve originally choosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste.

Unfortunately, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom has taken steps to make the removal of this extension particularly difficult – open the Add-ons window in Firefox, and you’ll notice the Uninstall button next to their extension is grayed out! Their reasoning, according to Microsoft blogger Brad Abrams, is that the extension needed “support at the machine level in order to enable the feature for all users on the machine,” which, of course, is precisely the reason this add-on is bad news for all Firefox users.

To learn how to remove this extension from your Firefox browser go here>>>

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