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Microsoft has warned that the 900 million users of its Internet Explorer browser are at risk of having their computers hijacked and their personal information stolen by hackers.
The company has yet to develop a permanent fix for the security hole but users are being told to apply a temporary fix that prevents hackers from exploiting a hole to install malicious scripts. Users could be targeted simply by visiting an infected website.
In a security bulletin, Microsoft said the flaw affected all versions of Windows and although it had yet to encounter "indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability", the flaw was serious and it was aware of proof-of-concept code exploiting the issue.
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"The main impact of the vulnerability is unintended information disclosure," said Microsoft's Angela Gunn in an accompanying blog post.
"For instance, an attacker could construct an HTML link designed to trigger a malicious script and somehow convince the targeted user to click it. When the user clicked that link, the malicious script would run on the user's computer for the rest of the current Internet Explorer session.
"Such a script might collect user information (eg., email), spoof content displayed in the browser, or otherwise interfere with the user's experience."

Scripts have plagued Internet explorer since it's birth. Glad I am using chrome/firefox.



http://www.theage.com.au/technology/...201-1abmd.html
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They should just take the damn thing out and let the user decide which browser they want upon install. Same for pre-builts once you start it up the first things going on should be updates and a browser selection.
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They should just take the damn thing out and let the user decide which browser they want upon install. Same for pre-builts once you start it up the first things going on should be updates and a browser selection.
that happens on -N, otherwise known as EU versions of 7.

still, there is no excuse for using IE. i mean, when you see how awesome alternative browsers are. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, all have their own advantages, but so long as you're using one it's good.
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They should just take the damn thing out and let the user decide which browser they want upon install. Same for pre-builts once you start it up the first things going on should be updates and a browser selection.
how do you get another browser.....without browsing..
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how do you get another browser.....without browsing..
I agree.
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another reason to use Chrome and Opera
    
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They should just take the damn thing out and let the user decide which browser they want upon install. Same for pre-builts once you start it up the first things going on should be updates and a browser selection.
That is why Firefox was invented..


Crap the guy who developed Firefox worked for Microsoft and told them they needed to scratch IE and start from the ground up, but hey MS=patch+millions of users=mega support keeping there jobs.

IE is poo poo I agree but your right they should let the user decide and the colleges should involk FULL support for Firefox for online classes.
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IE is an apt name for the browser.

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And where are the few people you get saying "IE9 is really good! It's a huge improvement! And I use it every day!" in these kind of topics?

IE9 may kick some serious rear end in javascript performance but for real world scenarios, it performs like crap (eg. having to wait 1s for a new tab to open in IE7, 8, 9 vs instantly for every other browser)
    
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