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This little extension automatically installed itself into Firefox when I updated Visual Studio 2008 with SP1. The extension, Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant, describes itself as “Adds ClickOnce support and the ability to report installed .NET versions to the web server.”:

Slimy Firefox Extension

As you can see the Uninstall button is disabled. I could waste several mouse-scrolls of space bitching about the slimy practice of installing bloat, but I’ll just get to the point.

How to uninstall

  1. Open Regedit (Start > Run > “regedit”)
  2. Goto “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions”

    (or “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions” for 64-bit versions of Windows

  3. You’ll see “{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}”. Right click it and click Delete.
  4. Restart Firefox.
  5. Write an angsty live journal entry about why “Micro$oft“ sucks.


  1. Get back to work.

For more complete instructions on how to completely obliterate this extension from your computer, see the article at

Enjoy using your computer? Then don’t install the optional Vista update “ATI PCI Express (3GIO) Filter Driver” unless you are certain you own that particular piece of ATI hardware.

I foolishly installed this bomb of an update, and upon restarting my computer I found that my network card, sound card, and video card had all failed.

The fix for this problem is easy. Go to Device Manager, open the “System devices” node, then right click and Uninstall the “3GIO Filter Driver”. Make sure you click the “Delete the driver from your system” checkbox. Then it’s just a matter of enjoying the fantastic fireworks of failing drivers. After a few restarts the correct drivers should be back in use.

I found no useful information online, so here’s the info that Windows Update provides:

ATI PCI Express 3GIO Filter Driver