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September 21, 2012

Microsoft Releases Fix for Internet Explorer Flaw

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Microsoft (News - Alert) has been making a seemingly new push to be relevant again in the world of the Internet. The company has just launched their “BingitOn” campaign which is geared at getting people to change their search engine preferences from Google (News - Alert) to Microsoft’s Bing. Now the company is working to make their Internet Explorer browser one that people might choose to use over Firefox or Chrome again. 

While Internet Explorer has actually been a browser that has fallen behind in popularity, Microsoft knows that they need to keep the browser somewhat up to date in order to stay relevant. In order to do that they have issued a temporary fix for the bug in Internet Explorer that is keeping the browser from behaving correctly. 

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Microsoft issueda statement along with the fix that says that this tweak to IE is "an easy, one-click solution that will help protect your computer right away" but "not intended to be a replacement for any security update". 

The flaw in the browser had apparently opened it up to attacks to the point that outside analysts wondered whether or not users were in danger of attack or invasion of their computers. Microsoft says that the flaw was not one that people needed to be worried about and that while hackers have attempted to exploit the flaw the company says it has actually endured a minimum number of attacks.

The company had been trying to help people work around the flaw by disabling Active X controls and Active Scripting. Microsoft has also had people downloading their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. The company also suggested turning the security settings to high and running the browser in its safe mode. Hopefully, this particular fix will make it so users no longer have to take extra steps in order to use the browser and feel safe that attacks won’t affect their online experience.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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