Is Microsoft Sabotaging Firefox With Sneaky .NET Updates?

Sabotage may be a strong choice of word, but it immediately came to mind with the news of Microsoft’s latest .NET update.

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, unleashed in February, forces an undisclosed Firefox extension on Windows users, called “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.0?, and it does so without asking the users permission.

To add insult to injury, the extension not only injects a serious security vulnerability into Firefox (also present in Internet Explorer), but it disables the uninstall button, meaning the only way to get rid of it, is to edit the Windows registry - a course of action not recommended for your usual non-tech-savvy user, as dabbling in the dark arts of registry editing can open you up to a slew of problems, and potentially kill Windows altogether.

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