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Tuesday
Jul072009

Let Microsoft assist you in poor browser security

"Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" is a nice pretty name for a nasty underhanded little trick by Microsoft. They recently snuck a firefox extension into one of their updates that installs without telling you and then makes itself impossible to uninstall. Impossible that is, unless you make a quick hack. I found nice simple instructions on the WyDay site explaining how to manually uninstall this little gem. "Assistant" is a nice name for a rather bad piece of software. This "Assistant" assists Microsoft in installing software into your computer via the firefox browser without telling you about it. It's to make the "click-once" technology work in Firefox, which would be fine if they actually explained what they were doing and asked the user if they wished to install it. It seems like every time I start to believe that Microsoft is getting their act together, they go and do something despicable like this.