Admittedly I still sparingly use Internet Explorer but I found a cool little plug-in that allows me to now run windows updates from a non-IE browser, further limiting my need for IE. Check out it out at http://windowsupdate.62nds.com.
The second utility removes the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) from your computer, another fine piece of Microshaft nuisanceware. The original location of the “removewga” was here http://www.firewallleaktester.com/removewga.htm but it appears Microsoft forced the developer to disable the links. You can still grab the utility here http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/RemoveWGA.shtml .