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Microsoft Adds on to Firefox With an Update for the Toolbar

On one of the Patch Tuesdays, when Microsoft regularly updates the toolbar, there was an installation of an add-on to the Mozilla Firefox as it was for the Internet Explorer. As the user tried to update the toolbar as it was instructed by Microsoft, there was an automatic update for these two browsers too. The important aspects of this add on was that the user was not asked for any permission to update the browsers. No one has any clear idea as to why the update for the browsers is happening when the Microsoft Company does not specify or tell anything about this update.

Automatic add-on

The most important aspect of this update is that when the company released the update, it was not marked as the usual optional where the update has to be done by the user. Instead, the update was given as important and this will cause the update to occur without any permission from the user. It can also occur as soon as the user clicks on the manual installation without the computer asking permission from the user if he needs the specific update.

Unhelpful details on Microsoft support page

There was very little information regarding these updates. Also, the page where Microsoft explains the updates, generally talks about these updates and there are no specific details about the addon function that occurs automatically.

When the addon for the Internet Explorer, as well as that for the FireFox was checked in detail, there was not much addition to the information and the knowledge. It could only be learnt about the versions that were updated, and so it could not be found as to what they were doing in these updates. Also, when they were uninstalled, nothing happened, but deleting the files was possible and it restored the previous settings.

Mozilla users are first to identify change

The internet explorer users were not able to identify the change in the installation because when the internet explorer is launched after an update is done, there is no immediate check on the identification of addon’s in the computer. On the other hand, in the Firefox, the situation is different and so every user who updated their computer with the latest version found that they also had something that they had not asked for and this was the Search helper that was present as an extension.

The automatic installation of the Search helper extension occurred in all the computers that had the installations of the toolbar of Microsoft. There is no count as to how many computers fall into this category and had this automatic installation done, but almost all the new computer buyers who installed the software would have had this add on reach their system.

Microsoft not aware

The most important aspect of the whole episode is that neither Microsoft nor the Mozilla Firefox company people are aware of this automatic update. Either this or they are not letting the people learn what the whole episode is all about. They also assure that there will be no security implications because of this automatic add on that happened in all the computers who have a Microsoft toolbar installed.

How To Speed Up Firefox in Three Easy Steps

Over several years, Internet explorer has been one of the popular Internet browsers used across the entire world. However, with the release of Mozilla Firefox, a new innovative internet browser with distinctive smart browsing features and higher speed, a sudden change in the internet market was observed. The new attractive and feasible surfing features offered by this new browser soon made it the obvious choice of all common surfers, webmasters and other skilled internet users across the world. The additional features and plugins offered by the new open source browser are the main attractive features that fascinated most internet users. However, these extra features and the bonus plugins sometime tend to slow down the processing of your system. Well, if this is one problem that even you are facing in your computer, you should consider following the below mentioned steps for enhancing the speed of your Firefox browser.

The steps stated below can be easily accessed by directly clicking onto the About:config page. This is Firefox’s internal control advanced setup mechanism. Thus, when you type about:config into the URL bar of your Firefox browser, you will get an entire page full of options where you can make the desired changes that are provided below.

Increasing the Page Pipelining

This particular setting basically involves a range of concurrent files that are downloaded by the Firefox system when loading a webpage.

  • Open about:config and search the line stating network.http.pipelining.
  • Change the default value from “false” to “true”.
  • Search for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and then change its current value to a much higher level from 4.

Reduce History

The latest Firefox versions that are released recently include an automatic suggestions system that appears when you start inserting any address into your URL bar. This feature slows down the working of your system and hence, you should consider reducing your stored history.

  • Click on Tools menu and then on Options. Now click onto the Privacy tab and then find all the relevant options for your history.
  • Select “Use Custom Setting For History.”
  • Here, alter the number of days for your stored history from 90 to just 10 days.
  • Now restart your Firefox page and see the difference in speed.

Clear your cache

Cleanse the cache to enhance your browser’s speed. Instead of completely cleaning your cache memory, you can also reduce the size of your browser’s cache memory. This will allow your browser to store things directly in its memory as compared to the cache. 50 MB size is ideal for your browser.

Apart from these three main steps, you can also follow the other steps mentioned below.

Reduce tabs: Opening many tabs in the same window eats up a lot of your speed. Hence, avoid having too many tabs opened in your browser window.

Remove toolbars: Removing the unnecessary software from your computer can enhance your browser’s speed. Also remove the toolbars you have installed for your applications and antivirus software.

Enhance memory: If you have the right budget, you should preferably upgrade the memory of your system with better RAM.

How to Solve a Computer Virus Problem

A virus is a type of computer program which takes control of the system by infecting it. There are various kinds of viruses infecting computers such as malware, adware and spyware. These viruses are not able to reproduce. A virus can easily spread from one single computer to another. To spread, a virus does not require any special medium; it may occupy any file or folder. When one user sends it to another, over internet or any network, there is a possibility of it affecting the receiving system. In addition to this, if a removable medium such as USB drive, DVD, CD, floppy disk can also be used.

After the computer gets infected by the virus, it is very difficult to manage the whole system and protect important files and folders in your computer. Basic computer knowledge is a must to avoid any such incidents, especially when you are working on the internet. If you know about firewall settings or install anti-virus software, you can be protected with a secure cover.

Simple instructions to fix a Computer Virus

If you are experiencing a virus affect in your computer, you can make use of the following ways to get rid of it:

• First try to boot up the computer in safe mode. It is recommended that you perform all your revamp activities in safe mode, if you want to avoid any other damage to your system. Restart the computer. Press the key F8 a number of times until a black and white screen appears. Select the safe mode option and press enter on your keyboard.
• After the computer is completely booted up, clean and optimize the browser. It is also recommended that you clean both the browsers if you are using Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. To open your browser, go to Tools, and delete all download and browsing history, including active logs, cache and cookies.
• You should close all open windows and find the “My computer” icon on the desktop. Use right click and select properties. Choose the System Restore tab. If you want to further spread the virus to other files, turn your system off because most of the viruses always occupy the system restore folder.
• Close down all open windows and go to the “Start” menu and then go to Search or Run. Type winmsd and press enter. Now go to the software environment category and select “Startup Programs”. You are now ready to scan the list. Delete all unknown programs which you are not aware of.
• There is another option on the internet. You can run the online anti-virus scan. You can find several sites providing free anti-virus scan such as and All the viruses found by them, will automatically be deleted or removed.

If you want to stop the virus from getting multiplied, the above mentioned points may be used. The best way of preventing any virus attack is installing any licensed anti virus software program, which is reliable and advanced! It always monitors the files you are about to download and alerts you when there is any virus found on your system.

How Silverlight Works

Since the age old days when a web page on the Internet contained just static text and a few images if possible, the world has changed drastically. Now you can watch not only videos, but a lot dynamic and versatile content has been uploaded to make the browsing experience unique. Talking about the videos, the recent Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were telecasted on Internet using Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology.

So how does Silverlight work? What does it do? To answer all the questions we are here. Actually Silverlight is just an application similar to Adobe Flash, used to view videos and dynamic content. It is developed by Microsoft.

This is how it works:

• Firstly for the Silverlight to work the developer who requires it to create Silverlight applications needs to download its plug-in and player which are very small in size. For the viewer to browse any Silverlight format video, he needs to have a Silverlight plug-in in his browser. Basically Silverlight is a cross browser, which performs on various platforms for implementation of .NET Framework. It is also used to deliver exclusive, versatile and rich interactive applications for the Internet.

• The plug-in required is so small that it is just a fraction of seconds to complete the required download and this technology supports all the browsers namely, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari. It is a combination of programming languages and selected tools to provide the developer a single platform for creating content for the web. Silverlight can also tweak with your JavaScript and ASP.NET APAX to easily incorporate into its platform.

• The major competitions that Microsoft is trying to beat using Silverlight is Adobe Flash and Sun Microsystems Java. The features of the Silverlight include a built-in codec support for playing VC-1 and WMV video, and MP3 and WMA audio within the browser. Supports’ live streaming too, while is also enabled to play rich content media on the Internet. Silverlight utilizes the highest quality video codec so get ready to experience Blu-Ray and HD content on live streaming.

• As it can operate on any browser and any operating system, it has spread it wings on the Apple Operating System too. Both Visual Studio and framework will be allowed to work seamlessly at the same time on this cross platform. So the developers can work on hard core scripting platform while designers can design the content any time. The cost of licensing is also the lowest as one just needs an ISS on Windows Server to operate it seamlessly. One must have observed how simple it easy to download videos via YouTube as they operate in Adobe Flash format, but the same is not possible in Silverlight, as it offers copyrighting to.

The speed is lighting, the resolution is crystal clear, and overall it is a fantastic platform for the dynamic content on the Web. Again the biggest software maker in the world proved it is mettle by releasing Silverlight platform. It’s a young technology which is able to provide rich and energetic content on the web smartly, how soon it overtakes Flash is to be seen.

Google Chrome Updated?

Google Chrome has had security flaws since day one, and it has been the center of heavy criticism, since time immemorial. Despite several impressive functionalities, the security levels in Google Chrome have never been too convincing, and it has never been admired by the internet users and critics as a safe browser. Far off, there have been too many bugs reported by the users off-late, and the version isn’t simply a competitive version of a modern browser. An updated version of Chrome had been long due; but, finally it looks like Google has realized the need of the hour.

The Google Inc. has rolled out a course correction for the latest version of its popular browser Chrome in the past week. Apart from the minor tweaks in JavaScript, it gets rid of the current JavaScript sluggishness, and there have been several alterations in Java plug-in issues, and critical security patches have been added to the browser.

The latest version of Google Chrome was expected to be the safest version of the browser, but there were many bugs in this version, and it was found to be relatively slower too (in comparison to The version was discovered to be using wrong path for Sun’s Java plug-in version 6 update, and this was adversely affecting the performance of those apps that required the Java Version 6 update. Therefore, Google decided to correct all the existing faults, and release the latest version, which will ensure cross-origin bypass in Google URL.

2 Critical Bugs Reported By Users: Google Rewards $1000 & $500

Moreover, memory corruption in font handling and HTML5 handling will also be taken care of, as well. But, guess what, Google did not find these issues during their test run, but apparently, the bugs were reported by someone outside Google.

Google awarded $1,000 and $500 as a part of Google’s ongoing security bug-finding contest to report the errors; these rewards were given to two users, who apparently brought these security bugs to Google’s notice.

With so much drama happening, it would have been quite possible to see some changes in the UI too; but, it looks like Google is too busy correcting their mistakes, rather than trying to improve the user experience.

Chrome is still far from being even nearly-perfect, and it has long way to go to match the caliber of Mozilla Firefox, and IE8. However, as of now, things look far better than they were, in the past. But, we’ll have to wait and watch how superior the updated version of Chrome turns out to be.

Last but definitely not the least; the browsing speed is yet another concern at the moment, but Google claims that the updated version of Chrome is considerably faster. Perhaps, it is time for yet another round of comprehensive testing of Google’s so-called masterpiece browser!

Mozilla Firefox Releases a Security Update–Again

Just over a week after Mozilla Firefox released its update, Firefox 3.6.2, another security update release just came up to fix a critical security flaw. Firefox 3.6.3 now addresses the issue which came to attention by a security researcher, Nils of MWR InfoSecurity, during a contest sponsored by TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative. In the contest, 2010 Pwn2Own, Nils discovered a memory corruption flaw that opens up a hole for remote code execution.

The Firefox 3.6.2 dealt with several critical security issues including one found by Evgeny Legerov of Intevydis. The security flaw that Legerov reported was a WOFF heap corruption due to integer overflow which lets an attacker remotely crash a user’s browser and run an arbitrary code. Aside from this, over 110 bugs have been reported to be fixed by the makers of Firefox. Although the security upgrade to Version 3.6.2 was scheduled for a much later date, Mozilla decided to release it ahead of the schedule.

This new security update is available for download at Mozilla’s Home page. Mozilla also advises its Firefox users to update their browser as soon as they can to ensure the security of their browsing experience.

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