GRRRR or Microsoft Bad Practices (ad nauseum)
My MacBookPro being away from me for light repair, I have installed the last version of MSN Messenger on my windows box since I need it for professionnal reasons. After installation, keywords typed in my Firefox's awesomebar were redirected to Bing instead of my personal choice, Google... Uh? I never wanted that, never agreed on that.
This is a real shame. Not only the MSN Messenger's installer never told me about it (I unchecked all choices of that kind), but I never granted Microsoft the right to modify my PERSONAL profile for another application and I wonder if legally, at least here in France, that could not be assimilated to piracy. I had to dive into about:config to reset the preference
After that, I opened the MSIE8 options, found a button to tweak my search engines settings, found an unchecked (by default) checkbox preventing applications to tweak my search engine settings. WTF ?!?!? (don't miss the checkbox's label, that's a bit of something...) I have to declare that I don't want apps to touch my user's profiles ?!? That's just insane, and that pref should not exist or at least it should be checked by default.
Microsoft, you're painful, really really painful, and you're stupid too ; and I am polite here. My thoughts are MUCH harsher than my words. Please stop and never do that again.