This morning I got many reports about NoScript disappearing after a Microsoft automatic update.
Looks like a “fix” for the infamous .NET Framework Assistant (AKA the ClickOnce extension for Firefox) caused the breakage.
Luckily this issue is temporary: just reboot your system and everything should be fine (in the best MS tradition).

Update:

Looks like the .NET Framework Assistant keeps causing troubles to many extensions (including NoScript) even after a reboot.
My ultimate advice is uninstalling it and, if needed, fixing the Add-ons Manager corruption which may be happened.

22 Responses to “.NET ClickOnce Update Breaking NoScript (Temporarily)”

  1. #1 Dorus says:

    Good thing I disabled that mess of a ‘ClickOnce’. I knew it was going to cause problems if I didn’t, and see, there it is.

  2. #2 Wildcatter1980 says:

    Or, better yet, don’t allow the .NET 3.5 installation/update. Luckily, I read about .NET 3.5 BEFORE I checked for updates to my systems. So, when I do check and it comes up, I uncheck it before doing anything else.

    I do similarly with the WGA update Micro$oft tries to foist upon us. I have read too many complains about false positives and deactivated OS’s to put up with the potential hassles it might cause.

    On a different note, am I the only one who is dealing with text boxes I cannot see? What I see is black on black. I only knew they were there because of the labels (Name, E-Mail, Website, etc.). Is this something about my set up or is this how it appears to everyone?

  3. #3 Captain Canuck says:

    @ Wilfcatter1980:

    Seems like its only you, try disabling your userchrome.css or make sure that your styles in Stylish are not leaking (happened to me before :S)

  4. #4 Wildcatter1980 says:

    @CC,

    I see the same thing in IE7. Nothing in userChrome or userContent.css files and disabling the two Stylish items had no effect. Also disabling AdBlock Plus has no effect.

  5. #5 Wildcatter1980 says:

    @CC,

    In case you misunderstand what I am observing, the text boxes are there. It is that they are black instead of, for instance, white. White text boxes against the red/black marbled page background would easily stand out.

  6. #6 Giorgio says:

    @Wildcatter1980,
    I’m afraid it’s my CSS (as in Cascading Sadistic Sheets): the boxes are intentionally black.

  7. #7 Wildcatter1980 says:

    @G,

    Sorry for going off-topic about the black text boxes. Perhaps they look different–better?–on CRT, but on my LCD monitor the (very) thin red lines forming the box outlines are almost unnoticeable to my old eyes. :lol:

  8. #8 anonymous says:

    This affects other extensions besides NoScript. If anyone knows the exact cause of this issue, please post it as a comment here.

  9. #9 GµårÐïåñ says:

    As I have said many many times before, I never had this infamous problem and glad finally M$ is releasing an update to fix it for those who do, we can finally stop hearing people whine about it. I never had it, so no issues here, thanks Giorgio for the heads up for everyone. Reboot…best M$ tradition indeed.

  10. #10 Tom T. says:

    When .NET 1.0 came out, something in my gut didn’t like it, and said "this is a whole new group of problems waiting to happen". I refused it. When a new puter came with some version of .Net installed (can’t remember, maybe 2.0), it was uninstalled immediately as part of this user’s standard OOB procedure. The gut was correct as usual. I have never missed not having this on any machine, any more than I miss the lack of ActiveX support in Firefox. (not).

    If a hakker in China or Chicago snuck into your machine and disabled one of your safety tools, leaving you open for further exploits, he’s a criminal and should be arrested and tried as such. MS must contribute a lot of campaign donations to US Congress and Presidential candidates — no other explanation. Sure, it’s a vulnerability that Firefox can let such things be done to itself, but don’t blame the victim, blame the criminal. Perhaps Mozilla didn’t expect such a direct attack from MS, with all the joint celebration of F(3?), the cake, etc. Lulled into a false sense of security … MZ, lock down Fx now against *any* change by *anyone* other than the user, without a dialog box saying what change is being attempted, and do you wish to allow it? Until the criminals are in jail, the victims need to bolt the doors.

    Hehe… imagine Fx adding an update that changed IE in some harmful manner … imagine the howl from MS and the team of high-priced lawyers going after MZ. It’s just too funny to picture this situation in reverse.

    Yes, I use Windows for various reasons, but not a single other product from MS. And updates are downloaded manually, after vetting the bulletins to see if I really need it and what it will do. Moral: Don’t trust MS with your puter. Don’t let anything install automatically. Don’t trust MS at all.

    (personal opinion only, not necessarily representative of any other person or organization.)

  11. #11 Tommy says:

    Giorgios text boxes show up real well, but then i am using an addon called Blank Your Monitor + Easy Reading, yes Mozilla has an answer for everything including my 53 year old eyes, bless them

  12. #12 Tom T. says:

    # #11 Tommy says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Giorgios text boxes show up real well, but then i am using an addon called Blank Your Monitor + Easy Reading, yes Mozilla has an answer for everything including my 53 year old eyes, bless them
    *************
    @Tommy:
    There’s *always* been an answer, with no add-ons required: Fx > View > Page Style > No Style. Immediately turns into black text on white background, with links in blue. No add-on necessary, very easy to read, like it was 15 years ago before they "improved" it. Very friendly to "Boomer" eyes. When you get back to a non-hakker page without the "de rigueur" black background, just toggle back to "Basic page style".

    Regards, Tom T.

  13. #13 Tommy says:

    Thanks Tom T did not know about that, i tend to leave things alone up there if not sure only had this Dell four years my first computer! one thing to be said for the addon is background can be any colour of the rainbow which is nice.

    Regards, Tommy.

  14. #14 fifo says:

    you are such a looser

  15. #15 Tom T. says:

    #13 Tommy says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    "… one thing to be said for the addon is background can be any colour of the rainbow which is nice."
    *****************
    Firefox has that one covered, too :-) Tools > Options > Content > Colors. Uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Then you can click on the color box labeled "Text", which, I believe, is black by default. The colours of the rainbow will appear :) Click on your desired selection. Then you can do the same for "Background" (white by default). OK > OK> So *both* text and background are configurable to 70 colors each. The page might need to be reloaded, depending on whether you also did the "No Page Style" thing.

    To undo this one, just go back to Tools > Options > Content > Colors and re-check "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Again, reload if necessary. Your color selections will be saved for the next time you want to uncheck "Allow pages to choose…" Cheers!
    *******************
    @fifo: But you can’t even spell "loser"! :P

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  21. #21 strel says:

    For your information, you can build custom .NET installers that allow to avoid install XBAP and/or ClickOnce, or completely remove them, with this:
    http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=127790

  22. #22 Katie (South France Immobilier) Radisson says:

    "after a Microsoft automatic update"

    How can it be in 2010 that we still have to suffer this kind of thing?

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