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September 9th, 2004 · No Comments · Rants, Technology

I broke Firefox. No biggie, happens every now and then.

Whilst searching for a fix, I switch to IE and manage - within ten goddamn minutes - to get hammered by all sorts of maddening Trojan nonsense. No clue how. I wasn’t browsing anything I’d describe as not being a “trusted” site.

Two hours later, many Trojans removed, IE cursed and all of my leftover Chinese consumed, I find the quick and dirty solution I was looking for earlier:

Start -> Run -> “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -safe-mode -> Remove extensions.

Problem solved.

Lessons learned:

1) Calm down with the Firefox extensions.
2) Recognize that using a non-IE browser is like living in a hermetically sealed bubble. Sure, it keeps you safe while is functions, but the minute your ass is exposed to the cruel, virus-laden Real World, expect problems.

All of this Mozilla-derived safety has made me digitally weak. Clearly, the only solution is to turn of my virus scanner, unplug the hardware firewall and go browsing with an out-of-the-box, unpatched version of IE for a while. Strengthen my browsing reflexes. Rebuild my immune system. Survive in the wild with naught but my wits and charm.

God bless this digital age of ours.


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