Microsoft Corporation Informative - Monthly auto-update installs IE 7 in the background
I just wanted to post a quick note about something I read in the news yesterday about Microsoft's auto-update service.
Many folks like to allow Microsoft to update their computers whenever a new update patch is available from that little gold shield icon in the lower right corner.
Well according to an eweek story, Microsoft hid a trick IE 7 download in the latest patch. I guess if you just select the "standard auto update" instead of the "customized update" you would never notice that Microsoft just installed IE 7 over your previous version.
Now I have no problems with Microsoft offering this new product for download. But consumers should be the ones deciding if they want it to overwrite their existing browser, not you Microsoft. Plus, IE 7 has not been fully tested and secured. Along with the many published bugs and security holes, not all websites work in IE 7. So you are essentially disabling some computers without evening asking!
The gentleman in the article was an extreme case where the IE 7 caused his machine to crash every time he tried to launch the browser. He did not have the old version of IE, since it was overwritten unknowingly by Microsoft.
Sorry for the rant... I just wanted to warn folks to be a bit more aware of what might actually happen when you run those "auto updates". Be sure to choose the "custom updates" option so you can review what exactly is being added to your machine, and de-select any options you don't want.