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Is there a way to watch netflix without microsoft silverlight?

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davespath Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 29, 2012 4:42 PM

I am uneasy to add anything microsoft.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)

    Ask Net Flix. We are users just like you but with no connection to Net Flix. If you're afraid of MS products then don't use them and don't watch Net Flix movies.

     

    I'm not aware that there is any issue with using MS products on the Mac. I certainly have no issue with them. I have no idea why you would be "uneasy."

  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)

    Silverlight is required for netflix.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    I have been running Silverlight for NetFlix for almost a year.

     

    I have seen nothing to suggest MS has planted "bugs" to attempt to download other products and have seen no increase in MS ads when Firefox is running (but then I use several FF plugins to stop annoyances and dangers).

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    davespath wrote:

     

    I am uneasy to add anything microsoft.

     

    You should be.

     

    Apple has updated OS X to disable Java and Flash if it's not used or outdated, however nothing was done about Silverlight far as I know, which did have a major security issue recently.

     

    And with Safari unfortunately, one can't select what plug-ins they have and simply disable the one not commonly used, so every web site you visit you have Silverlight enabled, so that makes any site able to hack your machine through Silverlight's insecurities.

     

    You can choose to use Firefox instead, it has the ability to disable plug-ins on a individual basis, so you can turn off Silverlight when not on Netflix.

     

    You can also read here about using NoScript with Firefox, which will disable all scripts unless you specifically approve for each site, instead of the other way around with Safari.

     

    Harden your Mac against malware attacks

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)

    Silverlight doesn't exist as an Internet Plug-In. It functions as a standalone application so far as I can tell.

     

    I don't have a NetFlix account to test, so do you know that what you download from NetFlix lives in the Internet Plug-In folder?

     

    Even if it does live as an Internet Plug-In it would not be in use when one is not using NetFlix. So, I'm not sure why you consider it a problem. Nor do I understand how it relates to malware.

     

    I guess your information blew enough smoke to confuse the OP into thinking it was meaningful.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Kappy wrote:

     

    Silverlight doesn't exist as an Internet Plug-In.

     

    Screen shot 2012-05-30 at 12.09.19 AM.jpg

     

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    I don't have a NetFlix account to test

     

    Don't need a Netflix account, you can install Silverlight independently of Netflix.

     

    https://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/get-started/install/default.aspx

     

     

    Even if it does live as an Internet Plug-In it would not be in use when one is not using NetFlix.

     

    Why not?  It's a plug-in and any web site can call it just like it can Flash or Java or Quicktime.

     

     

    So, I'm not sure why you consider it a problem. Nor do I understand how it relates to malware.

     

    Because there are security vulnerabilities for Silverlight like there are for Flash and Java which malware like Flashback compromised 600,000 Mac's by.

     

    So if you have it always enabled, it's on for every web site one visits, malicious or not.

     

    Safari doesn't give a individual plug-in turn off method, it's all or nothing approach so one can't tailor the plug-ins to suit one's browsing preferences to remain more secure.

     

     

    I guess your information blew enough smoke to confuse the OP into thinking it was meaningful.

     

    No smoke or confusion on mine or the OP's part.

     

    Read my Hardening your Mac, it's got me past MacDefender and Flashback malware by reducing my exposure window.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)

    I'm sort of puzzled because I have Silverlight on my system but there is no Silverlight plug-in. Is this just a special version for NetFlix that runs as a browser plug-in?

     

    There are security vulnerabilities all over the place, but hardly enough to create a major scare over something. I've yet to have any problem with Silverlight which has been on my computer now for several years. I even used it quite a while back for NetFlix movies when streaming was a freebie.

     

    As usual I think you overstate the issue.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Kappy wrote:

     

    I'm sort of puzzled because I have Silverlight on my system but there is no Silverlight plug-in. Is this just a special version for NetFlix that runs as a browser plug-in?

     

    Far as I know it's a clone of Flash like, with DRM capability. It's the same, no special version except for the DRM.

     

    Look in your "Hard drive"/Library/Internet Plug-ins folder, it's not in your Users Library or System/Library folder.

     

    If you want to uninstall it, the instructions are here

     

    https://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/get-started/install/removing-silverligh t-mac.aspx

     

     

    I've yet to have any problem with Silverlight which has been on my computer now for several years. I even used it quite a while back for NetFlix movies when streaming was a freebie.

     

    Perhaps you need to run a check it's likely outdated and vulnerable.

     

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/

     

     

     

    There are security vulnerabilities all over the place, but hardly enough to create a major scare over something.

     

     

    The OP wants to reduce their exposure window to Microsoft software, since they can't not use it and use Netflix, so I gave the answer for disabling it for all other sites but Netflix.

     

    Seems the OP is well pleased with the compromise solution, no scare campaign as there isn't anything attacking Silverlight on Mac's yet far as we know.

     

    Of course we didn't know about Flashback until it was already 600,000 Mac's strong.... LOL

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)

    I do NOT have Silverlight polluting my Mac. However, I have seen it pop up when installing TeleStream's Flip4Mac WMV to Quicktime converter & plugin. In the old days, you would get hitched with Silverlight if you did the default install instead of customizing. Nowadays they seem to have learned the error of their ways and include a separate and independent Silverlight installer.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)

    ds store wrote:

     

    with Safari unfortunately, one can't select what plug-ins they have and simply disable the one not commonly used, so every web site you visit you have Silverlight enabled, so that makes any site able to hack your machine through Silverlight's insecurities.

    I use the Safari Extension ClickToPlugin to do just that. It works just like ClickToFlash did but for every plugin you don't exclude.

     

    Caution: If you are using ClickToFlash, you must uninstall it to use ClickToPlugin.

  • DamienNY Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    was researchig this issue and ran across this post. You're exactly right. Which is why Netflix ended up bailing on it. Does nappy get points for horrible answers?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    No, and neither do you.

  • Cedarburger Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Silverlight caused continuous crashes on my computer. I had to uninstall it.  Now I have no problems, but cannot watch Netflix.

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