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February 2nd, 2009
February 2nd, 2009

Microsoft Infects Firefox with Unwanted Extension

In the latest of Microsoft´s "We are taking you where we want you to go today weather you like it or not" they are installing an extension into Firefox without asking along with many upgrades involving the .NET framework. Here is how to remove this infection...

The extension is called "Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" and comes along with the .NET 3.5 install and also on XP service Pack 3. You are given no option regarding installing this or not, it´s just there because, as usual, Microsoft thinks they know more then you do.

For those that would prefer to not have their Firefox bloated with the extension here are the steps to remove it (something you will probably need to do every time you get a new .NET update) <sarcasm>Isn´t Microsoft Helpful!</sarcasm>

1) Close Firefox.
2) Run regedit delete the key under (for XP users) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMozillaFirefoxextensions or (for Vista 64bit users) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMozillaFirefoxExtensions
3) Delete the folder: WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv3.5Windows Presentation FoundationDotNetAssistantExtension

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