New Attack on IE Browser Users

September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm 4 comments

Those no-good hackers are at it again!  Now they are causing mischief for people who use Internet Explorer to surf the ‘net.

This Tuesday, some people found a “hole” in IE that will allow them to send viruses and other malware into their computers.  Normally, your anti-malware security software (like Microsoft Security Essentials, Kaspersky, AVG, Norton, or McAfee) would detect the intrusion, but this one can escape detection.

This vulnerability has been laying around in Internet Explorer since IE 6–back in the ol’ Windows 98 days.  And this bug is still in all current versions of IE up to IE9 on Windows 7.

I won’t go into details, but one of the things it can allow is a way to control a PC over the Internet (Remember my last blog,  about Java Might Be Bad For You Computer? They’re using those same methods.)

What Can You Do to Prevent Future Attacks

The best way to avoid IE attacks is to just not use IEFirefox, Opera, Apple’s Safari, and Google’s Chrome are less vulnerable to attacks like these, and most websites are now designed to support non-IE browsers.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of web applications that only work using IE. Most of them are required for businesses and people who need to access their work across the Internet. Probably the most popular of these is Outlook Web Access (or OWA) for e-mail. While OWA can be viewed with Firefox and other  browsers, a lot of Outlook’s features are removed.  (Of course, since Outlook is a Microsoft product, all of those  features are available if you use Microsoft’s IE browser. )

If you must use IE, only go to web sites you know and trust, avoid using links on e-mail to go to a web site, and avoid downloading movie or video files.

Microsoft’s Fix-it for the IE blues

Until Microsoft’s Automatic Updates repairs IE,  the geeky guys in Redmond announced tonight that they have created a “temporary fix” you can run to plug up the IE security hole.  My guess this Microsoft got worried when a entire country (Germany, to be specific) told their people to stop using IE and use the competitors browsers instead.  You can go this Microsoft site to download Mr. Fix-It (no kidding).

Go to this Microsoft link:     http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757760

Go to the Fix it for me section. Click on the “Enable” Mr. Fix-it:   Microsoft's Mr. Fix-it Tool

Depending on the browser you use, it may Save the file first.

Run the file, called MicrosfotFixit50939.ms. “Agree” to the licensing terms and click the Next button.

Mr. Fixit EULA

When it’s done, Microsoft gives a chance  to give your 2-cents worth, along with visiting their Fix-it and Help pages. Or, just click the Close button.

Mr. Fix-it completed

Microsoft says there will be a special Windows update this Friday with the permanent fix to correct the IE bug.  Normally  Microsoft releases Windows updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

–The Computer Cat

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  • 1. Giovanna Charleston  |  September 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

    You are awesome Melonie!! Thank you for the heads up!!!

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    • 2. cc  |  September 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

      You’re welcome Giovanna. And thanks for the “sardine”!

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  • 3. Neek  |  September 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Meow!

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