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    One of the main causes of problems with Firefox is out of date plugins. To help counter this Mozilla have developed a plugin checked which will inform you if your plugins are up to date and give links to update old plugins. There is nothing to install to use the plugin checker, just visit this site - https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/
    It can detect many of the popular plugins.

    This site is specifically designed for Firefox and may not work in other browsers. It may work in Gecko based browsers such as SeaMonkey and Flock, but I do not have any installed to test it.

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    [quote name='TonyE' post='797869' date='14-Oct-2009 19:43']One of the main causes of problems with Firefox is out of date plugins. To help counter this Mozilla have developed a plugin checked which will inform you if your plugins are up to date and give links to update old plugins. There is nothing to install to use the plugin checker, just visit this site - https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/
    It can detect many of the popular plugins.[/quote]
    I'd like to say thanks, but I'm afraid this site has really confused (and worried) me. For example, it tells me I have an outdated "RealPlayer Version Plugin". But I have never intentionally installed this plugin - I HATE RealPlayer! I have never installed RealPlayer on this computer, and do not intend ever to do so. But when I click the Update button, it takes me to the RealPlayer site, which seems to want me to download and install the program.

    On the other hand, there appears to be no way to remove this plugin - there is only a disable button. How do I get this out of my computer?

    This site also identifies that I have the 2007 Microsoft Office system Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator and the Office Genuine Advantage. Again, to my memory, I never agreed to such. In addition, the site tells me that it it is "Unable to Detect Plugin Version" for these, so it doesn't help a whole load.

    Anyone know anywhere I can find out more about this doubtfully useful and unapproved (by me) plugins, and how to remove them?

    Chris

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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='798058' date='14-Oct-2009 20:28']For example, it tells me I have an outdated "RealPlayer Version Plugin". But I have never intentionally installed this plugin - I HATE RealPlayer! I have never installed RealPlayer on this computer, and do not intend ever to do so.[/quote]
    The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) will list the paths on which it finds vulnerable and obsolete components. That might be useful for tracking this one down.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='798064' date='15-Oct-2009 12:11']The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) will list the paths on which it finds vulnerable and obsolete components. That might be useful for tracking this one down.[/quote]
    Secunia does not identify the RealPlayer Version Plugin - or for that matter most of the 13 plugins identified by the Mozilla site - for nine of which it is 'Unable to Detect Plugin Version". These include (for example) "Windows Presentation Foundation" - what the **** is that? I never agreed to installing that! Seems to me like I am losing control over my computer!

    Chris

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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='798272' date='15-Oct-2009 16:45']Secunia does not identify the RealPlayer Version Plugin[/quote]
    Maybe you need to enable the advanced features, but Secunia PSI should provide the full path to anything it flags as out-of-date or vulnerable. With that information, you can locate the executable (DLL?) and inspect its properties, which usually include a build date and version.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='798274' date='16-Oct-2009 06:52']Maybe you need to enable the advanced features, but Secunia PSI should provide the full path to anything it flags as out-of-date or vulnerable.[/quote]
    Does the fact that Secunia (with Advanced features enabled) does NOT even list this plugin indicate that the information from the Mozilla site is incorrect?

    Secunia does list all the installed extensions, but clearly does not list all of the plugins identified in the Firefox Add-ons box. Does this mean you think I shouldn't trust Secunia?

    I believe the plugin involved is nprpjplug.dll which is in the \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins folder. This is indeed v6.0.12.69 as identified by the Mozilla page and the Add-ons list. I've Googled for this file, but can find no reference to an upgrade. I suspect it is the trigger for the Content Type "Real Media File" in Firefox Tools|Options|Applications. I'm inclined to move nprpjplug.dll out of the plugins folder and see what happens - since I don't want to integrate audio output through the browser, and would only want to download any applicable files, I suspect this would not cause problems.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by wartaaids' post='798284 View Post
    I believe the plugin involved is nprpjplug.dll which is in the \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins folder. This is indeed v6.0.12.69 as identified by the Mozilla page and the Add-ons list.
    Yours is more current than mine.

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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='798284' date='16-Oct-2009 02:04']I believe the plugin involved is nprpjplug.dll which is in the \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins folder.[/quote]
    You can safely rename, remove or delete that file from the Firefox plugins folder. It will not be used by any other applications.

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