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home : columns : rick frederickson May 30, 2016


5/7/2014 8:35:00 AM
Microsoft fixes Internet Explorer, even for XP

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician


Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for Internet Explorer in response to a huge security hole that made the browser dangerous to use.
The really good news? Microsoft issued the patch for XP users as well. It did the honorable thing and supported millions of XP users, even after its self imposed April 8 deadline to drop support.
Microsoft released the patch around 10 a.m., Thursday morning. This should prevent attackers from installing malware onto computers running Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. A successful attack could have allowed hackers to take direct control of a person's computer or track what they are doing online.
I reported on the security vulnerability last week. It was also reported in most major media. iCitizen received dozens of calls from concerned users.
We recommended switching to another browser, such as Firefox of Chrome, until the vulnerability was fixed.
Windows Vista, 7 and 8 users will see the patch come across in their automatic updates. It may have come across already. However, Windows XP users no longer have access to automatic updates to they will have to update manually.
Windows XP, Vista and 7 users can update manually by clicking on the Start Button, going to All Programs and selecting Windows Updates. Update Windows from there.
Windows 8 users can update manually by moving their mouse to the top right corner of their screen and when the side menu pops up, choose Change PC Settings. From there, choose Update My PC.
By the way, we still recommend using Firefox or Chrome. Generally they are safer and faster. I've used Firefox for years.









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