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#1 tomcatlover

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:21 AM

Good morning. :woot:

I noticed something called "Browser Plus" in my start menu last night. It's a Yahoo app, and I'd never seen it before. Supposedly it helps transferring photos, and other things. Anyone had any experience with it?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:11 AM

Browser Plus is a Yahoo program that, in their words, "is a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities." It apparently is installed by default with most Yahoo applications (Yahoo Messenger and some aspects of Yahoo Mail, for example.)

If you have Yahoo Browser Plus installed and visit a web page with BrowserPlus-specific content (which could theoretically be anything: chat apps, games, etc.) you would either see this content or would be prompted to install a plugin to BrowserPlus which enables the content.

In my mind, and probably in the minds of a great many people, this is a Very Bad ThingTM. Permitting any website on the internet to run arbitrary code is dangerous enough without yet another plugin for malicious people to exploit. Add to this the fact that probably the only websites which actually make any use of this plugin are those owned by Yahoo and you have nothing but something which increases your attack surface for very little, if any, benefit.

If it were my computer, I'd uninstall it.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:15 AM

Thanks Andrew. I did. :thumbsup:

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