Hello PVTele Yes, I think that's the way it happened. By installing 2.8 for IE, it also bumped 2.6 from Firefox and installed there too. The other nice thing is that 2.6 is a much smaller add-on. Same here, I rarely use IE but I thought it would be nice to have SiteAdvisor on it when I saw it. Boy, was I wrong! Tom
You can uninstall Site Advisor. If you reinstall from the McAffee website, it installs the 2.6 version. After a day or two it attempts to install 2.8 completely automatically. If you don't have software such as Spybot S&D and Zonealarm firewall, you are not make aware that any update is taking place, let alone be asked whether you want it or not.
Which is somewhat impolite.
And unproductive in my case. I suddenly got messages from Spybot and Zonealarm about attempted registry changes and programs trying to access the internet. If I'm not expecting an install I treat anything like that as an attempted browser hijack, and block it as best I can. I've decided to uninstall SA until such a time McAffee builds in something to warn it's software is updating. Even if it doesn't give you the option to decline the install.
As it stands, SA is behaving like some of the spyware it's trying to help you to avoid.
I had both installed, although I prefer using Firefox. I wasn't in the mood for mucking around trying to work out what combination of events and installs would work. So I just uninstalled it from both Firefox and IE.
The only reason I asked was that it rather looks as if the heinous update process works through the IE version, and, if lazydogmot and I are right, the 2.6.6 Firefox extension should be OK, and proof against underhand incursions, since the update would then have to take place through the usual Firefox extension update process, and could thence be refused. Only time will tell, I guess, if we're right.
McAfee, if you're listening, the sneaky IE update route is plain rude, not to mention condescending and slightly sleazy. Stop it, right now!
Yes, thanks Ex_Brit... I know you're listening! And thank you for taking on the unenviable role of go-between. It is appreciated, truly, even if we raggle-taggle users don't often show our appreciation!