Patch Watch

Fake e-mails to patch Outlook lead to malware

All Windows users need to be aware that Microsoft never links to downloads in its e-mail messages, but always requires a visit to a security bulletin landing page to download a patch.

If you receive an e-mail containing a link promising to upgrade Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, you should simply delete the message to avoid being nailed by a Trojan horse.

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Microsoft calls IE 8 an important security patch

You may already have been offered version 8 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser via Windows’ built-in Automatic Updates routine, but you should be aware that some Web sites don’t work with the new release.

In my testing, IE 8’s security and compatibility settings cause problems with some sites, and XP users must first uninstall SP3 in order to remove the latest build of IE.

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