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Windows XP And NOT Using Internet Explorer

If you are still using Windows XP and have an Internet connection, you need to stop using Internet Explorer (IE) as your web browser - so says the Department Of Homeland Security. There is a new security exploit affecting IE that will not be patched by Microsoft, at least for Windows XP users. You are strongly encouraged to download and install either (or both) Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and use one of those as your default browser. If there is a site that you must use with IE for some reason, then only use IE for that specific site, and use a different browser for everything else. You cannot remove Internet Explore from Windows XP; it's part of the operating system. The next best thing you can do is to use another, more secure product for your web browsing. By setting Firefox or Chrome as the default browser, when you click a link in an email or on a web page (for example), it will open with that browser, rather than IE - which is what you want.

Update 5/1/14 - Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch for this IE vulnerability INCLUDING one for XP users.


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