Benoit Renard wrote:
David E. Ross wrote:
The malware is a Firefox extension that (among other things) disables
the ability of Firefox to remove it.
As far as I know, they didn't disable uninstallation. It just isn't
possible while using Firefox because it's installed on the application
level, and not in the user's profile.
If only that was the case. Please see below.
"Unfortunately, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom has taken steps to
make the removal of this extension particularly difficult - open the
Add-ons window in Firefox, and you'll notice the Uninstall button next
to their extension is grayed out! Their reasoning, according to
Microsoft blogger Brad Abrams, is that the extension needed "support at
the machine level in order to enable the feature for all users on the
machine," which, of course, is precisely the reason this add-on is bad
news for all Firefox users."
"We added this support at the machine level in order to enable the
feature for all users on the machine. Seems reasonable right? Well,
turns out that enabling this functionality at the machine level, rather
than at the user level means that the “Uninstall” button is grayed out
in the Firefox Add-ons menu because standard users are not permitted to
uninstall machine-level components."
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