JACOB SECKINGER asked on January 17, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Netfxupdate.exe Blocked From Loading From Startup List
» netfxupdate.exe is blocked from loading from the startup list. The blocking program says the publisher is unknown. The startup program list says the publisher is Microsoft. Should I allow this program to load?
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PETER BERG replied on January 24, 2013
- JAMES MILLS replied on January 17, 2013: » Netfxupdate.exe is a file associated with Microsoft .Net framework.You may allow the program to run on the computer.
User Account Control prevents programs that require permission or an administrator password from running automatically when Windows starts. If a program is blocked, you'll see a message in the notification area that says some startup programs need permission to run. You can run a blocked program, remove blocked programs from startup, or ignore the notification.
To run a blocked program
1. Right-click the Blocked startup programs icon in the notification area.2. Click Run blocked program, and then click the name of the program you want to run. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
To remove a blocked program from startup
You can remove a blocked program from startup so that it won't try to run automatically each time you start Windows. Removing the program from startup won't remove the program from your computer.
1. Right-click the Blocked startup programs icon in the notification area.2. Click Show or remove blocked startup programs.
Run or remove blocked startup programs
- JON ROTH replied on January 17, 2013: » If the file comes from MS, why it is not a signed file ? I don't understand why MS implemented the UAC but they just don't follow the practice to sign all their files and lead to this type of confusion.
The filename itself cannot identify the source of the file. A Trojan horse can always bear a file name of a system file in elsewhere. Only when a file is signed, we can feel safe to accept it (as long as we trust the digital signature).
- JUANITA MCMANUS replied on January 18, 2013: » What I don't understand is why Microsoft can't include security certificates with this program so that we don't get the message "Publisher Unknown". I find this situation unacceptable. With all of the malware out there, one would think that Microsoft would take pains to ensure that users weren't presented with a message mot to install programs that were unknown or whose function was unknown, and then provide none of this information when prompted to install or cancel. How can I ensure that this is a valid program or just another social engineering project?
- RONALD GREENWOOD replied on January 18, 2013: » I am a computer neophyte compared to many of you I am sure, but I am supremely dismayed that Microsoft with all of their $BILLIONS$, refuses to develop a 100% Bullet-proof Operating System and Application platform. Many of my friends are trying to convert me to Linux and Freeware ... and I am very very close to leaving Microsoft behind! I have been devoted to MS software now for 20 years and when I visit the MS campus I feel like there aren't any Americans there anymore (except for the few big whigs on campus)!
- LAURENT VANDERSTRATEN replied on January 21, 2013: » The issue still exists eighteen months later. Since it is easy enough to add signing to a script that builds a hotfix it would appear that there is a Microsoft policy in place that prohibits signing the netfxupdate.exe file. Perhaps someone from Microsoft can enlighten us as to why such a policy would be in place. What are the circumstances that make it better to distribute unsigned updates? Is there a basic flaw in the .Net platform that requires that updates be unsigned?
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