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#1 Capn Easy

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:50 PM

A recent run of Secuniia PSI warned me that the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.X, 3.X and 4.X programs on my computer are insecure and must be updated. I have to run Internet Explorer to do that (I use Firefox) and it looks cumbersome. Before I do that I thought it might be a good idea to find out what these things do, and if they can simply be uninstalled.

The "Add or Remove Programs" under "Set Program Access and Defaults" says these programs have been used "Rarely or Never."

I have Windows XP Home Edition, Version 2002, SP3. It's fully updated, but apparently these Microsoft products need a separate update program.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:09 AM

I have to run Internet Explorer to do that (I use Firefox) and it looks cumbersome

Hi Capn Easy -
Internet Explorer is installed with all Microsoft systems, and although you may prefer F/fox as your browser there are some things that you need I.E. for.
I have used I.E. 90% of the time and rarely have problems (Antivirus is always updated).
You may come across programs that need .Net Framework at times to help in downloads or installing.
Some security programs will only run with I.E. and then you just change back to F/fox later

Follow your Secunia PSI program and install these items.
You should have Microsoft Updates ticked in Control Panel to download and install as they are usually required for security reasons.

Thank You -

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:20 AM

Just to clarify, I do have Microsoft Updates checked to run automatically. The .NET Framework programs are apparently not part of the regular Windows Update process.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:24 AM

The correct answer is maybe. Different versions of .NET Framework may be used by apps that require them. But if you uninstalled an app that uses it, .NET Framework doesn't uninstall with it. So attempting to uninstall the different versions isn't a bad idea.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:00 AM

Hi again -
My Secunia also has posted the same thing, so I have loaded them now :) , never hurts to be safer -

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