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Security Flaw Puts Internet Explorer Users On Alert

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Microsoft has warned users of the popular Internet Explorer Web browser of a critical security flaw that could affect it’s over 900 million users. The recently discovered flaw in the Windows operating system could easily be exploited by computer hackers who want to steal personal details or control computers by proxy. The severe glitch is reported to be related to the Internet Explorer’s support for MHTML files. As the bug lies within the operating system, users of all Windows versions such as XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 are all likely to be affected.

While the flaw does not appear to have been exploited yet, “an attacker could construct an HTML link designed to trigger a malicious script and somehow convince the targeted user to click on it.” Those who comply, run the risk of installing malicious programs on their PC for the remainder of their existing Internet Explorer session. The installed program could then be used to collect user data and perform other malicious activities without the knowledge of the user.

Download Security Patch

As a result, a security patch has been released in an attempt to prevent the bug from being exploited.Windows OS users, particularly those who use Internet Explorer to surf the Web, are advised to download the security patch as soon as possible, until a permanent solution is found. However, the situation is likely to play into the hands of other alternative Web browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari who remain unaffected by the bug as they do not support MHTML files.

Interested users should follow this link to download the latest security update.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. silpada

    February 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for security patch as i is complete cure for my OS.

  2. Henway

    February 3, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Download the security patch… or umm.. just use Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera =)

  3. bilal

    February 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

    thanks for sharing an important info with us i am downloading security pack right now got lot of precious data

  4. Wholesale Suppliers

    February 4, 2011 at 4:52 am

    My favorite and most preffered browser Google chrome. Google chrome is completely friendly only the security part is a bit dry but on the whole Google chrome browser is the finest one.
    Security patch wont work for it, even i am a window 7 user but after reading the post i am hating windows.

  5. Hideipvpn

    February 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hi just drop by reading this post. Thanks so much for sharing this here; be back for more readings.

  6. mincir

    February 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for diversion of our attention towards this bug and its solution.

  7. Luqman

    February 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I used Google Chrome and Firefox most of the time. I just check my websites and blogs occasional on Internet Explorer to know how they we come out on Internet Explorer.

  8. Jeff

    February 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The only time I fire up Internet Explorer is to make sure my sites are formatted correctly in IE, since about 70% of users still use IE. Otherwise, my full time browser is Firefox.

  9. SeoDezin

    February 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I am regular user of Firefox and never used internet explorer there have not too much interest in internet explorer

  10. bilal

    February 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    thanks for alarming us about such threats ….you saved my pc from viruses thanks for that

  11. raymund

    February 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Just use firefox people. Don.t be stuck with IE.

    • Admin

      February 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      That’s why its always good to have alternatives although IE is still the most popular Web browser out there.

      • raymund

        March 10, 2011 at 4:36 am

        I agree, 60% of my readers are IE users.

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