If you are like me you use the FireFox web browser for security reasons. If so, here is something you really should be aware of. In a recent Windows update, Microsoft quietly slipped in an add-on for FireFox that makes that browser much less secure.
This add-on allows a web site to quietly install software on your computer without your knowledge or permission! Avoiding things like this is one of the main reasons people switched from IE to FireFox to begin with. Worse, this add-on has its uninstall button DISABLED so it cannot be removed once discovered.
Here is a link to another article with more of the gory details.
This situation has caused a huge brouhaha on the net – enough that MS finally put out a patch to allow people to uninstall the add-on (knowledge base article: KB963707). Go to this URL to download the appropriate file (32 or 64 bit). You may have to use IE 🙁 to download the file.
Once you run this update, the uninstall button for the .NET add-on will be enabled and you can get rid of this nasty little bit of Microsoft junk in the usual way of uninstalling a FireFox add-on.
What I can’t understand is why Microsoft thinks it is justified in tampering with non-MS software. Just one more reason not to trust them.