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Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension

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” As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes. The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Mozilla Firefox, both without the user’s permission…It’s also not really clear what the installed extension actually does. “


Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update

Source: Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update
Rest of story   http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/microsoft-slips-ie-firefox-add-on-into-toolbar-update.ars

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6 Comments on Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension

  1. Oh for the love of dog, when will Micro$oft learn not to keep pulling this crap. The .NET Framework Assistant Extension and Plug-ins were bad enough now this. Of course this is Microsoft we are talking about who try to get users to upgrade to IE8 by making it an ‘Important’ (Windows) Update. I wonder if you have to jump through a hoops to remove this one as well.

  2. Downloaded all required u/d for win 7 – 64 bit yesterday. I have been using the fox for years, just checked and I didn’t get the ext.

  3. But then I don’t use win live or bing bar

  4. Zinf :

    I don’t use win live or bing bar

    I believe you won’t get it unless one of those are installed.

  5. Update:
    Remove Microsoft’s Force-Installed Search Helper Add-On from Firefox
    http://lifehacker.com/5560116/remove-microsofts-search-helper-add+on-from-firefox

  6. a lot of text but i cant find really useful and important information about this new trash from well-known soft-maker…
    thus there is two main qestions.

    1. does anybody know mozilla firefox extension ID?
    (for sharp and easy removement from %appdata%mozillafirefoxprofilesfirefox-profile-dir and/or %programfiles%firefox-program-dirextensions)
    2. and explorer (windows explorer as shell and file manager, internet explorer as web browser) extension CLSID?
    (for sharp and easy removement from system registry and/or denying from future silent installation with no invitation:))

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