[Update – Friday, May 2nd, 2014-Microsoft releases a fix]
As of Thursday at about noon Central Time on May 1st, 2014, Microsoft started pushing out an update for Internet Explorer.
The update will happen automatically for those who have the Windows Update set to automatic (which is probably most of you), but you can check by doing this…
- Go to the Start Menu and choose CONTROL PANEL
- Windows 8 users, RIGHT click the lower left corner of the Start Screen, and choose CONTROL PANEL
- In the Control Panel window, go to the upper corner and click the VIEW BY drop-down menu, and change to Large Icons (so you can see all the Control Panel options.
- Click on the WINDOWS UPDATE icon
- On the main screen, notice if it says if any “important updates are available“. If not, skip to step 7.
If so, the Internet Explorer Update might be one of them. Here is what it will look like if an update is available…
- Click the “important updates are available” link to choose which updates you want to do. Here is what it will look like if the Internet Explorer update is available
- Checkmark any “important” update that’s listed, and then click the OK button to do the update.
- When the update is done, come back into the Windows Update screen so you can check to see that it’s been done.
- From the main Windows Update screen, on the left choose VIEW UPDATE HISTORY.
- At the top of the list, you should see the update listed that includes the “Security Update for Internet Explorer”. Here is what it looked like on my computer…
With the update completed, you are now again safe to use Internet Explorer!
But also let me mention (once again) that this might also be the perfect opportunity to try one of the Internet Explorer alternatives (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari).
If you scroll down the page to the original article, I have links to those browsers listed.
But again… for now if you have the update completed, you can go back to your “safe browsing” with IE.
[Here is the original article…. written two days ago]
Last year it was Java causing all the problems, then earlier this year the Heartbleed Bug (CLICK HERE to read more about it), and now we find that Microsoft Internet Explorer has a bug.
For now, here’s more info about the IE Bug…
Over the weekend, Microsoft confirmed a flaw in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 (pretty much all of them).
The flaw allows attackers to create a Flash file that if accessed by visitors to a web site, can drop malware on your computer which in turn can be used to steal personal information.
Security experts, including our own government, are suggesting that you STOP USING Internet Explorer until Microsoft fixes the flaw.
In the meantime, you can download and use an alternative browser, such as Google Chrome (which is my personal favorite) or Firefox.
CLICK HERE to get Google Chrome.
CLICK HERE to get Firefox.
And for more information about the IE Bug, you can check these articles out…
As always, I would love to hear your comments about the subject. You can leave them below!!!