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    Internet explorer urgent ?

    good morning to all! Please excuse my inexperience as this is the first time of ever using the lounge. Frankly i am a dinosaur with computers and all of the world accosiated with same..where have I been.
    to the point, I noticed the MSN site has a posted message to "download a urgent item" associated with Internet Explorer. Should I have any concern or what is it. Thanks to all for enduring my inexperience so far. <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    Microsoft issued a patch for Windows explorer yesterday. It is quite important that you install this patch.

    If you use Windows Update to automatically update your computer with security patches then this should not be a problem. Otherwise now would be a good time to run Windows Update manually.

    The forum where you posted this is titled Lounge Matters and we use it to discuss things related to Woody's Lounge itself. I have moved your post, and this reply, to our Computer Security and Backup forum, which is a more suitable forum for this.

    StuartR

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    Microsoft published a security update for Internet Explorer 7 yesterday, and it is indeed recommended to install it immediately. See for example Internet Explorer 0day patch posted.
    You can download and install the patch by going to Microsoft Update.

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    Hei Stuart,

    How can we tell if we have been 'got' by this 'nasty' ... does the pc behave differently?

    Ron H
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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    I'd suggest you read Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 - Critical: Security Update for Internet Explorer (960714) if you want more details and links.

    AFAIK, there have been no reported exploits yet.

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    The bug in Internet Explorer allows the hackers to install almost anything they want on your PC, so you won't have any particular symptom. If you suspect you may have been infected then you need to run a scan with a range of anti-virus and anti-spyware programmes.

    StuartR

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    It is my understanding that over 2 million PCs have been infected.

    See http://www.windowssecrets.com/2008/12/17/0...-is-still-safer

    StuartR

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    Re: Internet explorer urgent ?

    Thanks for the correction. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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