Dept of Homeland Security just issued a warning about all Explorer versions up to 11, and said Mircosoft is working on a fix. They won't do a fix for XP users, so I just switched to Mozilla Firefox.
We'll see how it goes. So far, it's faster.
Serious security flaw affects every version of Internet Explorer
Microsoft just released a bombshell security announcement. Researchers at security company FireEye have found a flaw in Internet Explorer that could let hackers easily slip a virus on to your computer. And hackers are already using it.
This flaw is present in every version of Internet Explorer - from 6 to 11 - stretching back more than a decade.
You have no defense with the latest Windows systems, either; the program is vulnerable no matter which version of Windows you are running.
The bug is a drive-by hack; all you have to do is visit a site that hackers have hijacked or modified and you're infected.
The really bad news: As I'm writing this, there's no permanent fix and Microsoft is still researching the problem.
Important: Don't forget to share this with your friends and family who use Internet Explorer.
I'm wondering whether Microsoft has a stake in the sale of new computers.
I'm wondering whether their decision to discontinue supporting the rather dependable XP (compared to, say, Vista) operating system was made to stimulate hardware sales.
And now I'm wondering whether is hasn't yet worked as well as they'd have preferred, and so, to give new sales a goose, they've released this new warning.
I'm wondering whether my next computer will be an Apple.
Microsoft is doing more to promote Apple computer sales than all of the Apple advertising can do.
Microsoft is like new car productions were a few years back. The 1949 to 1951 Ford was a good example.
The engine and drive train was the same, only the trim and glitter was different.
With Microsoft, you can find the same program files used again and only the display and window drop downs are different, yet they want you to pay a few $100 more for the upgrade that you didn't ask for, didn't want and didn't need!
I have NEVER used Internet Explorer...loved Netscape until it died, and have been with Firefox ever since and am just fine with it.
When I worked for AOL we referred to all versions of MS as the worlds largest commerically available virus!
What Tim said. In my case also, first Netscape, then Firefox....
I've always used IE and have not had a virus since going to Windows 7. But I'm smart about what I click on and/or download.
Perhaps you guys have a PICNIC.
(Problem In Chair Not In Computer)
Ken, we call that the chair-keyboard interface.
I use Google Chrome.
The problem with the latest exploit is the Adobe Flash plug-in. You can go into Addons and disable it. This will negatively affect most websites you visit.
Aint it grand how this warning just came out shortly after they stop support for XP?
Wind 8 was designed and intended to force hardware sales. From what I read somewhere recently Microsoft has noticed folks aren't latching onto the new "devices" and are growing to used to their old equipment. If someone offered me a free win 8 unit with that hand swipe screen mess I would walk away from it and I could use a better computer.
Can you guess why I'm smiling?
Steve, that's just mean!!
Interesting that with an Apple, you have to have a dictionary!
Heh heh heh!!!
Sometimes just picking up a book and turning a few pages is easier than looking it up online.
HA HA HA ! Steve you OL' RASCAL !! .
Ralph it sounds like you got a spam email. Did it say to forward to everyone in your mail box? That is a dead give away.
I can't imagine why Homeland Security would issue a warning about a computer program.
I'm afraid it's true, Royce (at least as true as anything can be on the web):
As G.R. Cheshire says - Ubuntu!!!!
Steve, you crack me up!! Great picture! Nice computer...one of these days I'll "grow up" and get a MAC!! LOL
I don't forward these thing unless I'm sure, Royce. I first saw it on CNN or Bloomberg. Haven't yet received an email about it. I took David's surname off, and forwarded his reply to my friends and family.
Steve; you're smiling because your not wearing overalls right?
Like your window curtain Steve, the way America is headed think I will plasma cut mine from one inch plate!
I found it Ralph. See here:
I think folks who are still using XP could worry if they are prone to excessive worrying. Particularly if they frequent web sites with free adult skin flicks or click on spam sent to them in an email.
One of the biggest dangers is convincing-looking phishing e-mails. They are getting better and better, but the trick if you are asked to click on a link is to put your cursor over it without clicking and look at the bottom of the screen to what the link really is. They are usually in a country far away and nowhere near what they purport to be.
Quote " Particularly if they frequent web sites with free adult Skin Flicks" For this group that would be sheet metal right?