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How to block Silverlight?

by tcantrelln / January 20, 2010 9:54 PM PST

I'd like to find a way to block Silverlight completely at the source- sort of like using the hosts file to block web pages. Not OS specific, just some completely viscious way so I never-ever see that pop-up, pop-over, pop-under again. I can go to Firefox or Chrome, but still, sometimes I've got to use IE8 and I dislike Silverlight in the strongest terms. TIA

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It was optional
by Steven Haninger / January 20, 2010 10:31 PM PST

You or someone installed it. Did you check Add/Remove programs in the control panel? Just uninstall it and it should be gone.

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Re: How to block Silverlight?
by Tufenuf / January 20, 2010 11:16 PM PST
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I have the same problem but everytime I uninstall it,
by dougogd / July 15, 2010 7:08 AM PDT

it reinstalles itself. I am almost to the point of filing a lawsuite against microsoft for force installing it. That is what happened. I blocked and hid all updates concerning silverlight they unhid them I rehid them they unhid them. I hid them they installed them.

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I do NOT have it-
by tcantrelln / January 21, 2010 3:08 AM PST

And I do not wish to-ever-! I would like to find some way of killing off the 'Offer' during every Windows update session (Like the IE 7 blocker in times past) and to block the popup on web pages that insist that I must have it to view something. If I want to see whatever it is-I'll open Firefox anyway. If I could determine the address of the popups (Http whatever) I could block them in my hosts file, but I'm sure that MS has some randomizer at work for them.

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You're stuck
by Jimmy Greystone / January 21, 2010 3:38 AM PST
In reply to: I do NOT have it-

You're stuck at that point. You can tell Windows Update to ignore that particular update, but you're never going to stop the offers on websites using IE short of turning off ActiveX controls and scripting. With Firefox NoScript is pretty effective at stopping those, but I'm aware of absolutely no NoScript equivalent for IE.

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by tcantrelln / January 21, 2010 4:06 AM PST
In reply to: You're stuck

I'm just glad I hardly use IE anymore, anyway.

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