Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:27 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has fixed the distribution scope of a toolbar update that, without the user's knowledge, installed an add-on in Internet Explorer and an extension in Firefox called Search Helper Extension. Microsoft told us that the new update is actually the same as the old one; the only difference is the distribution settings. In other words, the update will no longer be distributed to toolbars that it shouldn't be added to. End users won't see the tweak, Microsoft told Ars, and also offered an explanation on what the mystery add-on actually does."
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Gotta love it
by darknexus on Sat 12th Jun 2010 03:21 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Microsoft screws up, everyone jumps on them. Microsoft fixes something and nobody really cares. Granted, this is a mistake that should never have happened, but sometimes they do.

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RE: Gotta love it
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 12th Jun 2010 03:37 in reply to "Gotta love it"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

So we should forgive them ASAP just because they knowingly went too far, probably on purpose, and then decided to backtrack after they likely received a backlash? Sorry, but no.

They already made this same "mistake" once before. The second time "fixing" it doesn't earn them any more respect. If anything, the opposite.

After they've gone for a decent amount of time not tampering with people's own personal software installations, then they can be commended. Until then, they're still guilty and should be watched closely. I sure as hell don't trust them.

Edited 2010-06-12 03:50 UTC

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RE[2]: Gotta love it
by vaette on Sat 12th Jun 2010 19:53 in reply to "RE: Gotta love it"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

That's just precious. Why would Microsoft "on purpose" install a piece of software that gives them no advantage at all since it does nothing?

I have no idea what made you such a bitter suspicious person, but I think you need to try to get a bit more perspective.

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RE[2]: Gotta love it
by MollyC on Mon 14th Jun 2010 06:37 in reply to "RE: Gotta love it"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Um, this was a bug. A harmless one at that.

You suggest otherwise, that this wasn't a bug, but was instead done for some evil purpose. What is the evil purpose? If you can't provide a motive then you have no case. Every prosecutor knows that.

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