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PostSubject: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:16 pm

Internet Explorer is Unsafe ... Still
Browser bug has yet to be fixed, and is spreading rapidly, reports say.

Brennon Slattery
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008; 1:19 PM



A malignant security flaw found in all versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has yet to be fixed, and the problem is spreading. Microsoft detailed the flaw in a security update blog post six days ago. Since then, the problem has spread across the globe, hitting at least 2 million computers.

Unlike other computer exploits, this one does not require users to click on fishy links or download mysterious software: it plagues computers that simply open an infected Web page.

Internet Explorer is currently used by 69 percent of Web surfers. The flaw hides inside the data binding function of the browser and causes IE to quit unexpectedly and reopen vulnerable to prying eyes.

So far most of the attacks have been geographically centered on China and have been used for the purposes of stealing computer game passwords. But with a flaw as gap-toothed as this, the possibilities of nefarious action could include the massive theft of personal information such as administrative computer passwords and financial data.

Even though there is currently no patch for this problem, Microsoft has offered a variety of workarounds. Most involve disabling or crippling the "oledb32.dll" file. Other methods include setting Internet and local intranet security zones to "high" and configuring Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disabling Active Scripting.

Though it's always wise to keep your antivirus software updated, it may not protect you in this case, as most antivirus software does not monitor Internet traffic. The easiest way to keep your computer safe is to stop using Internet Explorer. And while other browsers aren't entirely devoid of bugs, they are a better alternative in this case.


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I'm not sure what to do about this... I'm using Internet Explorer and it looks like what's happening is that little by little, more internet pages get infected.... so far this one seems to be okay.
Hopefully they can do something fast to stop the spread of infected internet pages.


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:38 pm

there is another browser called mozilla firefox which i do use when i'm doing research....you can upload it free on the internet...
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:33 pm

susansmoose wrote:
there is another browser called mozilla firefox which i do use when i'm doing research....you can upload it free on the internet...

Excellent. Thanks!
I'm using the Firefox browser now. Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:45 pm

Netscape Navigator is also a pretty good browser.. I mainly use IE but after reading this I am going to use the Netscape..
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:50 pm

So you mean no matter what I should not use Internet Explorer? Well that just sucks.


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:13 pm

MattLabMyLove wrote:
So you mean no matter what I should not use Internet Explorer? Well that just sucks.

Well, at least not for now... doesn't look like it's safe.
But like Susan said, you can use Firefox.

Go here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

and download that brower. Then, just go on the internet using Firefox. Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:21 pm

Downloaded! Thanks! grinsmiley I also had MSN explorer, but it got damaged somehow. Blue [b]


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:47 pm

I never use IE, I just use my internet providers browser.
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:59 pm

Microsoft is releasing a fix for the problem sometime tomorrow. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081216/ap_on_hi_te/tec_internet_explorer_security Make sure you run Windows Update to get the fix. I mainly use Firefox now and it is probably the best browser available, but even if you don't use Internet Explorer, you should run the security updates because a lot of programs use Internet Explorer. Most of the windows that pop up with news in them when you open an Instant Messenger use Internet Explorer. Also, AOL, AT&T Yahoo! Browser, and MSN Explorer are examples of browsers that have a customized interface but are built on top of Internet Explorer.
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:04 pm

Ah, thanks, Toby!
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:28 pm

Yes, thanks for the info! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:05 am

Yeah, my hubby the systems guru said you have to be careful what sites you go to and I thought, "gee isn't that always the ways it's been?"

Thanks for the info Toby.


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:26 am

iam using firefox now
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:14 pm

Good info, Toby---thanks! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:08 pm

I'm downloading the fix as I type! Thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:45 am

what is the link for the fix. I only use IE.


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:49 pm

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:49 pm

LIWnut wrote:
what is the link for the fix. I only use IE.

I believe you go here: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/default.mspx


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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:18 pm

Download urgent security update for Internet Explorer
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
cuz when i turning of my pc..it did one windows update!
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:19 pm

any why i could find out what the update was for?
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:08 am

Does anyone have an update about Internet Explorer? I have been using Firefox, but I miss my IE.



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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:12 am

Go to Windows Update, Misti. They have the fix available now! Thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:23 pm

I've been a loyal Firefox user for quite some time. I find it to be much more reliable.



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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:59 am

Coach Jon wrote:
I've been a loyal Firefox user for quite some time. I find it to be much more reliable.
I'm with you. I can't even get my IE to open unless I run it as administrator.

I did have a FF crash a few weeks ago, so it's not immune to infection either.

Let's face it; no system is immune. Apple has maintained integrity mainly because virus spreaders want widespread exposure to satisfy their ego. Apple just doesn't have a big enough market share, although I'm surprised someone hasn't done it just to be the first to do it.
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PostSubject: Re: **INTERNET EXPLORER IS UNSAFE**   Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:11 am

Toby wrote:
Microsoft is releasing a fix for the problem sometime tomorrow. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081216/ap_on_hi_te/tec_internet_explorer_security Make sure you run Windows Update to get the fix. I mainly use Firefox now and it is probably the best browser available, but even if you don't use Internet Explorer, you should run the security updates because a lot of programs use Internet Explorer. Most of the windows that pop up with news in them when you open an Instant Messenger use Internet Explorer. Also, AOL, AT&T Yahoo! Browser, and MSN Explorer are examples of browsers that have a customized interface but are built on top of Internet Explorer.

I use IE 7, and I have automatic updates on my computer. I have security checks run each day, automatically, too.

It totally makes sense to run those security checks on a daily basis, IMO. I let AOL go a while back, but I sometimes use Yahoo! and AT&T.

I'll be sure to pass the info along.





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