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View Full Version : Microsoft helps Firefox users get pwnd, too



tomws
06-26-2009, 10:53 PM
I missed this in the news, I guess:
http://www.aspfree.com/c/a/BrainDump/Microsofts-Sneaky-Firefox-AddOn-Installation/

oracleguy
06-27-2009, 12:38 AM
Old news, they released that a while ago. Installing something like that without asking first is iffy, they should package it as its own thing. That being said, having ClickOnce support for .NET application installs through Firefox is nice. Though I doubt many people use it outside of a Intranet/Corporate environment.

The author of that article is being a little over dramatic. If you don't want it, you can easy remove its effects by editing the options in the about:config if I remember correctly. Still, this isn't going to cause your computer to self destruct either. Nevertheless, making it a standalone add-on for Firefox would have been the better approach, so users that actually needed it could install it and those that didn't, wouldn't.

You'd think Microsoft would have paid attention to all the flak Apple got after they tried to push Safari onto Windows users as an "update". Though I guess if Microsoft does it, it is automatically 10x eviler, or so the anti-Microsoft people would have you believe.

drhowarddrfine
06-27-2009, 01:38 AM
I guess if Microsoft does it, it is automatically 10x eviler, or so the anti-Microsoft people would have you believe.

Of course it is because Microsoft believes it can do as it wishes despite what anyone thinks. This behavior is their modus operandi and is what got them $2 billion dollars in fines on two continents over the years. They are a proven evil-doer and continue to exhibit the same behavior. So, doing more of the same is really going to tick people off, Microsoft hater or not.

Brandoe85
07-01-2009, 05:07 PM
Funny, I just got some message when I updated firefox about that plugin wasn't supported. Anyways, I still love Microsoft :D

All worries aside, firefox is still running on my laptop taking up 150K memory as usual...:p



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