Much Ado About Nothing Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Seriously, all the fuss that you chicken littles are making over this little Add-on: Windows Update setting changes, patch installs, registry hacks, forum posts, whining, crying, etc.
I've said it before but I think it bears repeating.
* This Add-on helps Firefox launch applications from the browser that were deployed with Microsoft's Click-Once technology (think "kind of like Java applets"), that way you aren't "forced" to use Internet Explorer.
* This Add-on DOES NOT circumvent security
* Technically, this Add-on WAS NOT installed without permission. It was part of a Windows update which, if you received, you gave consent to.
* True, the Add-on cannot be uninstalled through the Add-ons Manager, but it CAN be disabled through it. And for the crybabies, Microsoft provides an update to remove it.
Guess what? There is another extension that was "installed without permission" (so to speak), cannot be removed through the Add-ons manager and also helps apps run from/within the browser. It's called...
Java Quick Starter
But I don't hear anybody b!tching about that one or talking smack about Sun/Oracle. If Microsoft gets your panties all twisted then STOP USING WINDOWS!
Haters gonna hate...