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Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolb


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#1 Broni

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:40 AM

You may want to check, but on my Vista I don't see any new add-on and I don't even have C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack folder.



http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010...lbar-update.ars

As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes. The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Mozilla Firefox, both without the user's permission. As you can see in the Windows Update screenshot above, Microsoft does not indicate that the update will install anything for either browser. It's also not really clear what the installed extension actually does.


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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:08 AM

Thanks Broni for the information. As for Firefox can't I just delete the extension. Let us all see which company gits back to B/C with some sort of answer.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:10 AM

The above link from MozillaZine doesn't work for whatever reason, but here is more info: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.ph...8&t=1920407

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:21 PM

There is some information here: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010...es-update-1.ars that discusses how to get rid of the extension if not the update.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:42 PM

5. Delete the folder named "SearchHelperExtension"

Now, I remember. I did remove that folder, when MS tried to sneak in some other garbage into Firefox, few months ago.
That would explain, why I wasn't bothered this time.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:02 PM

I do not see this extension in my list of add-ons and I recently got all the updates.

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I do have the above file location and within it I see the follwoing: ChoiceGuard.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:26 PM

Speaking of choice guard, I checked that one out. Do you folks know what it does? From my research, I got information saying that that is a small application that keeps your homepage at the default microsoft-installed, homepage. I don't really like it, but the good news is that it is not really anything after you tell it otherwise. My homepage is bing anyway, so I'm sure everything's fine. But what I don't understand is the fact that people don't like that Microsoft installs things. if you have AU enabled, and the wuauserv service is running, then what Microsoft installs is up to them. You gave them your permission to install whatever when you installed windows and made that config change. That's my take.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:50 AM

Does anyone have a sample of this little bugger?
Like chromebuster said, it is probably a homepage hijacker and also possibly changes the default
search engine.




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