Should be able to uninstall all add-ons, including extensions in the application directory.

RESOLVED WONTFIX

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Toolkit
Add-ons Manager
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major
RESOLVED WONTFIX
9 years ago
5 years ago

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(Reporter: myles7897, Unassigned)

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Description

9 years ago
All add-ons should be able to be uninstalled, no greying out the uninstall button.

I know AVG does this and I think Windows Genuine Advantage does it.
Flags: wanted-firefox3.1?

Comment 1

9 years ago
I'm guessing you can't uninstall them using the Firefox UI because they're installed in the Firefox application directory instead of your profile.  You should be able to uninstall them using their own UI.
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Comment 2

9 years ago
Well I am not having problems with it. I just think it should always be an option.
We often cannot (due to file permissions) and more importantly should not uninstall things that are part of third party applications.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Updated

9 years ago
Summary: Should be able to uninstall all add-ons. → Should be able to uninstall all add-ons, including extensions in the application directory.
Flags: wanted-firefox3.1?
(Assignee)

Updated

9 years ago
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
Duplicate of this bug: 475938

Comment 5

9 years ago
(In reply to comment #3)
> We often cannot (due to file permissions)

That should be solveable with a dialog that asks for a root-Password

>  and more importantly should not
> uninstall things that are part of third party applications.

But how can i remove this addon and keep the app.

I just dont want the addon installed.


IMO: Firefox must have a feature to remove this stuff.

 (In reply to comment #1)
> I'm guessing you can't uninstall them using the Firefox UI because they're
> installed in the Firefox application directory instead of your profile.  You
> should be able to uninstall them using their own UI.

But that also removes the whole app. i just dont want their plugin installed, and keep the rest.
There are two questions here:

* is Firefox using the plugin
* are the files on your filesystem

We have already solved the first problem by allowing you to disable the extension/plugin.

The question of whether the files are present is managed by the various installer applications, not by the Firefox UI. That's why this bug is WONTFIX. You should file a bug on the installer application which put in the files, if you want those files to be optional components.

Comment 7

9 years ago
(In reply to comment #6)
> There are two questions here:
> 
> * is Firefox using the plugin
> 
> We have already solved the first problem by allowing you to disable the
> extension/plugin.


Can we be absolutely sure that a disabled addon doesnt do *anything* at all?

Like loaoding the image for the addon from a foreign site that could use cookies to track stuff?
(In reply to comment #7)
> (In reply to comment #6)
> > There are two questions here:
> > 
> > * is Firefox using the plugin
> > 
> > We have already solved the first problem by allowing you to disable the
> > extension/plugin.
> 
> 
> Can we be absolutely sure that a disabled addon doesnt do *anything* at all?
> 
> Like loaoding the image for the addon from a foreign site that could use
> cookies to track stuff?

A disabled add-on should not be able to do anything while it is disabled. To the best of my knowledge no-one has ever found otherwise.

While the add-on is enabled though it is able to make changes that can still be in effect after the add-on is disabled. It could set cookies for example that continue to be sent, it could also change core preferences that affect how Firefox operates. This however is no different to what would happen if the add-on were uninstalled, those cookies/prefs would still be there so I don't think it really has much bearing on this bug.
Duplicate of this bug: 482619

Comment 10

9 years ago
This is kin to a "drive by (web) install", only instead of it happening via a website, it's happening right on your local machine. One should not have to take elaborate steps to remove any add on which was installed into firefox that the user believes is causing a performance issue or is a security problem.
You *should* be able to use Add/Remove programs to remove them. If you can't, that's a bug in whatever program installed them, not a bug in Firefox.

Comment 12

9 years ago
How is this different than an unwanted BHO attached to IE?

If you remove the "application" which installed it, how are you certain that the application removed the undesired object from firefox cleanly?
The same way you are certain that it removed itself cleanly... no doubt some app's have sucky installers and uninstallers but we shouldn't support uninstalling what other apps install though we can and do support disabling their integration with Firefox, etc.

Updated

9 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 483060
It's bad that e.g. Microsoft installs its "Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" add-on without asking the user. Nevertheless I think it's even worse that Firefox developers won't do anything to let the user undo this.

I don't understand why Firefox developers think that it is ok that we - the Firefox users - must not remove stuff from the "Firefox application directory" that has been installed through third party applications using Firefox UI?

If something has been installed in Firefox at least the Administrator should be able to remove this stuff - even from  "Firefox application directory" - using Firefox UI Button "Uninstall" in Add-Ons window.

Please, where in the "Firefox application directory" does "Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" add-on live and how can I get rid of it manually? Thanks a lot.
(In reply to comment #15)
>...
> I don't understand why Firefox developers think that it is ok that we - the
> Firefox users - must not remove stuff from the "Firefox application directory"
> that has been installed through third party applications using Firefox UI?
If an add-on is installed in the application directory a user that has write access to the application directory can uninstall it.

>...
> Please, where in the "Firefox application directory" does "Microsoft .NET
> Framework Assistant" add-on live and how can I get rid of it manually? Thanks a
> lot.
It isn't in the Firefox application directory. Instructions on how to remove it are available here
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/963707
Robert,
thank you very much for pointing to official instructions of how to remove the ".NET Framework Assistant for Firefox".

By the way, have you read the instructions? It involves changing registry keys! In my opinion Firefox users should not have to edit registry keys in order to remove an add-on from Firefox. Especially an add-on that is forced enabled for ALL user accounts on a machine running Firefox.

I think a lot of users run Firefox because they exercise their freedom to choose. Those "forced" add-ons obviously curb this freedom and consequently Firefox users are somehow unsettled as you can tell searching for 
  Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant Firefox
using e.g. Google. (about 84.000 hits).

Thusly I vote for enabling the "Uninstall" button in Firefox UI for those "forced" add-ons.
(In reply to comment #17)
>...
> By the way, have you read the instructions? It involves changing registry keys!
> In my opinion Firefox users should not have to edit registry keys in order to
> remove an add-on from Firefox. Especially an add-on that is forced enabled for
> ALL user accounts on a machine running Firefox.
Yes I have read them and I agree but I would change it to be that Microsoft .Net Framework users should not have to edit registry keys in order to remove an add-on that Microsoft .Net Framework added to Firefox.

>...
> Thusly I vote for enabling the "Uninstall" button in Firefox UI for those
> "forced" add-ons.
It is something we have considered previously and will likely continue to consider. The difficulty here is that it is considered "bad behavior" for an application to remove things another application has installed just as it is considered "bad behavior" for Microsoft .Net Framework to install this add-on without user consent. As it stands now we aren't the ones performing the "bad behavior".

Comment 19

9 years ago
Quote Microsoft on the Fix Page:
In Windows 7 and in a forthcoming update for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the .NET Framework Assistant will be installed on a per-user basis. As a result, the Uninstall button will be functional in the Firefox Add-ons menu.

They heard the outcry apparently.
I suggest Firefox Notifiy's user of change upon an auto installation of a 3rd party component which a user may have agreed to. Then Give the option to disable it. Either way, I think the user should be notified, disclosing the event, keeping the freedom of choice.
(In reply to comment #20)
> I suggest Firefox Notifiy's user of change upon an auto installation of a 3rd
> party component which a user may have agreed to. Then Give the option to
> disable it. Either way, I think the user should be notified, disclosing the
> event, keeping the freedom of choice.

That is bug 476430
Duplicate of this bug: 497790

Updated

8 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 498667

Updated

5 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 750727
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