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    Just say NO to Internet Explorer (XP)

    Ask Woody today says "A few hours ago, somebody, somehow slipped a piece of malicious code onto this site. I've removed it, of course, but it's going to take a while for Google to link me back up to their results pages. As best I can tell, the code puts a 1-pixel iframe on the page with a reference to a site called mynick.cn. (.cn is the top level domain for China.) It's all reminiscent of the Monster.com iframe attack that was exported through Best Buy late last year. Perhaps it's only coincidental, but older, unpatched Internet Explorer systems are by far the ones most susceptible to iframe exploits. You ARE running Firefox, aren't you?"

    Odd that. I just got infested, first time in years. Two hours later I'm all reformatted and re-installed, but it ruined my evening.

    It seems to me to be impossible to avoid IEXPLORE when running Windows.
    VBAers and the like need it there for parts of its code, scripts etc (I'm not too clued up on this), but I get nailed when some application, often during installation, decides it needs to go to the web. It knows there has to be a copy of IEXPLORE.EXE on the system, so it calls it.

    What are the odds of success if I replace IEXPLORE.EXE(91KB) with the file firefox.exe (7,470 KB)?

    I'm willing to try.
    I don't know if it's a 1-pixel thingo that got me.
    I do know that ZoneAlarm, AdAware and Grisoft AVG are the first things I install, and I haven't visited any porn sites lately .....

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    Re: Just say NO to Internet Explorer (XP)

    I don't think it would be a good idea to replace the iexplore.exe file.

    FireFox has security holes too, as you can read in the update history.

    I've been using Internet Explorer (first 6, now 7) as my main browser for years, and I haven't been infected with malware. I keep my anti-virus and anti-spyware programs updated, anr run scans regularly - they never find anything.

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    Re: Just say NO to Internet Explorer (XP)

    If you note Woody says "older, unpatched Internet Explorer systems ". IMO, this means IE6 and earlier. If you are and they are fully patched you MAY be OK. But, if you are still running IE6 or earlier I'd strongly suggest that you install IE7. If you are running IE7 you should be fine.

    You definitely should not replace iexplore.exe. That will cause more problems that if is worth. I'm running IE7 and have been running IE since some of its earliest incarnations and have never been infected.

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    Re: Just say NO to Internet Explorer (XP)

    >FireFox has security holes too, as you can read in the update history.
    Right.
    I may have red-herringed you all in my post. Woody's comment was co-incidental with my virus/whatever. I had been led into iexplorer earlier in the day.
    I'd really rather stick with just one browser, and that was the main reason behind my thought.

    I know that I need iexplore and its cluster of DLLs to be sitting there for other reasons, but I'd rather, if I have to visit a web site, be using my chosen browser (which just happens to be FireFox), because FireFox is by now loaded with useful bookmarks, and I am comfortable with it.

    I might try it anyway.
    Worst thing that could happen is i need to reinstall, and that only takes 2 hours out of my life nowadays ....

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    Re: Just say NO to Internet Explorer (XP)

    >If you are running IE7 you should be fine.
    IE6 on this system.
    But I don't "run" IE at all. It's other applications that assume that that's where I want to be - or more probably they know it is guaranteed to be there.
    I suspect some web sites manage to chain me directly into iexplore when I click on some links, but I'm not certain of that.
    Please see also <post:=697,908>post 697,908</post:>

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