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This article was published on September 20, 2012

Microsoft issues a rebootless ‘Fix’ to the Internet Explorer security weakness

Microsoft issues a rebootless ‘Fix’ to the Internet Explorer security weakness
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Yesterday we brought you the news that Microsoft was preparing a one-click solution for Internet Explorer, protecting users from a security flaw that was discovered.

The company adamantly states that few users were in fact harmed, but does acknowledge the potential for further infections. Microsoft has now planned a security update for this Friday that will be ‘cumulativel.’

Right now, however, if you want to get yourself protected, Microsoft has you covered:

[T]oday we have released a Fix it that is available to address that issue.  This is an easy, one-click solution that will help protect your computer right away.  It will not affect your ability to browse the web, and it does not require a reboot of your computer.

If you use Internet Explorer, hit that link. If not, why are you reading this post?

As an aside, fear over Internet Explorer security recently led to Germany advising against its use. Microsoft needs to get this issue behind is so that it can get back to the brand progress it has made since Internet Explorer 9.

Update: In our inbox following the annoucement is a short statement from nCircle, praising Microsoft. It’s interesting enough to warrant sharing:

In contrast with every other major software vendor, Microsoft has been communicating with users all week. Even if you think there are a lot of things Microsoft can improve, they are light years ahead of other vendors in providing clear, consistent, valuable communication to their users on security issues.

Top Image Credit: Aanjhan Ranganathan

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