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Re: Warnings on the download page

On Fri, Mar 09, 2007 at 03:14:31AM -0500, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> I'm not comfortable recommending portable firefox yet, due to a problem
> that Steven Murdoch found a while ago: when firefox starts up, it hunts
> around on your hard drive to see if there are any plugins, and then it
> enables those. I think there are some ways to disable this behavior,
> but it's not disabled by default... so it's not so easy as just adding
> a link. :(

The particular feature is "plugin scanning", for which more details
can be found here, including how to disable it:

I have a half-finished blog post discussing this and the problems it
caused for Torpark, so now would probably a good time to complete it.


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