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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RE[3]: Gotta love it
by Jokel on Mon 14th Jun 2010 18:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gotta love it"
Jokel
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2006-06-01

Hmmm... what makes you so sure it does nothing?

Have you seen the source? Do you know what exactly this code does? If not - you are only guessing what this code does...

Given the history Microsoft has, it is very unlikely this was "just" a bug. As a matter of fact - how likely it is a "bug" can target a specific application and installs without any hiccup? I would say the suggestion it is a "bug" is very, very, very, very unlikely.

Keep an eye on Firefox thats has this "bug" installed. I would not surprise me to see strange things going to happen after a while. Especially keep an eye on performance, search actions, and an "out of the blue" virus or something...

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