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Internet Explorer users may have a reason to jump ship and head over to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or any other browser. It was recently revealed that there may be a large Zero-day exploit causing problems for IE users. If an Internet Explorer user visits a malicious site that exploits this security hole, the results could be quite bad for them. This issue will not cause a problem for users of Internet Explorer 10. Only users running IE version 7,8, or 9 on a machine running Windows XP, Vista or 7 are at risk.

Essentially, with this Zero-day exploit an outside party could gain control over the infected machine and have the same privileges and access as the current user.

In a statement to Mashable, Yunsun Wee, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing said “We’re aware of targeted attacks potentially affecting some versions of Internet Explorer. We have confirmed that Internet Explorer 10 is not affected by this issue.” He also said that Microsoft “will continue to investigate this issue and take further actions as appropriate.”

The best advice we can offer at this time is to switch to another browser, or if you really love Internet Explorer, upgrade to version 10, which is not vulnerable to this attack. Granting a malicious individual the same access as you have to your personal computer could lead to them gaining access to important and private information. I don’t think we need to tell you how bad that could be.

Source: Mashable


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  1. Vijay Prasad
    September 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    the internet explorer is not only slow speed engine,it sucks by look wise also

  2. Samit Tandukar
    September 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

    latest windows update on September 22nd has fixed this issue...

  3. Praveen pandey
    September 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    thats y I never use IE.

  4. kiattisak
    September 22, 2012 at 10:13 am


  5. Siddhant Chaurasia
    September 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Google Chrome is the safest browser to use!

    • imota
      September 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

      There is nothing more secure than Firefox. I use it all the time.
      You can even stop Google's tracking cookies, if you prefer.
      In short, FireFox all the way !

      • Shane Andrews
        September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        I am not sure if Firefox is truly more secure than Google Chrome, but I do believe Firefox is easier to customize to an individual's preference. Though I hear from some of my Chrome buddies, that Google has been working on this issue.

  6. Mohammad
    September 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I'm using Windows 7 SP1 with the very lastest patches from Microsoft and using IE9. My question is Am I safe if I log in to the system with standard account with limited privileges?

    • Dave LeClair
      September 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      It sounds like you are not safe with that system. You might think about trying another browser for a while.

  7. GrrGrrr
    September 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    thanks for the alert.

    Whr to get IE10? I'm running Win7-64bit

    • Dave LeClair
      September 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      If you do not have access to Windows 8 then I would recommend getting an alternate browser, at least until this is resolved.

  8. GXGOW
    September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    And Microsoft fails... again.

  9. michel
    September 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I'm confused by the page you link to, it appears you have to install Windows 8 Preview to get IE 10. Is this right?

    • GXGOW
      September 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Yes. IE 10 will probably be released for Windows 7 when Windows 8 is out.

    • Lewis Golden
      September 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I believe you are correct. It is too bad

  10. Christopher Cheney
    September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Or... We could all just not use IE at all.

  11. daniel dawson
    September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This would be great to upgrade to ie10 except its only available for windows8

  12. josemon maliakal
    September 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    that's why I always prefer firefox or chrome

  13. Meena Bassem
    September 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    dude, there's a wise old saying
    "IE is good ONLY for downloading other browsers, and it's not good at that either"

  14. Muhammad Ahmad
    September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I left using Internet explorer and switched to Google Chrome. It's more faster and running good.

    • Dave LeClair
      September 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Congrats on making the switch, I am a Chrome user as well and I love it!

  15. Patrick Jackson
    September 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hey, XP users are all 'cracked' up! We can't upgrade, we can just sit and,..., if you know what I mean! ;(

    With so many users still 'alive' for XP, Windows seems to just ignore their loyalty!

    • Paul O'Flaherty
      September 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I think you might be confusing "loyalty" with "unwillingness to shell out the cash and upgrade away from an an 11 year old operating system built on an even older kernel"...

      Just saying....

  16. muotechguy
    September 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I LOLed: "Only users running IE version 7,8, or 9 on a machine running Windows XP, Vista or 7 are at risk".

    Only? ONLY? Dave, you crack me up.

    • Patrick Jackson
      September 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

      He said the same as there are still people who use Windows 2000, 95, ME, or now 8, if you know what I mean! ;)

    • Dave LeClair
      September 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      I was trying to make people feel better! Why must you make them sad james, WHY!?

      • Shane Andrews
        September 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        I have a question for you Dave,

        I rarely use IE but I keep it around for the occasional website I run into which despises Chrome and FF users. I must emphasize RARE, but call me a n00b but, what do you mean by a Zero-day exploit? How does this happen? Does this occur during casual browsing, or was this a discrete warning for people looking up pr0n?

        I'm seriously curious not being sarcastic in any way.

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