Microsoft has finally released a patch for an Internet Explorer vulnerability that made millions of PCs vulnerable to hackers.
And most surprising is that the company will make the patch available for older XP systems after all, even though Microsoft stopped supporting XP a month ago.
Security experts say as many as 20 percent of all PCs still use the decade-old XP operating system, making them especially vulnerable to attack. Microsoft backed down from its earlier stance, and will fix this vulnerability in XP machines as well.
Government Recommended Not Using I.E.
The vulnerability was so serious, the the Department of Homeland Security suggested that PC users not use Internet Explorer at all until the bug was patched, even never versions on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines.
Security experts say a quick workaround until you have the patch downloaded is to browse with either:
-Mozilla Firefox, or
Patch Available Now
If your PC is set up for automatic updates, the new patch should load automatically in the next 24 hours.
However, you can also download the patch manually through Windows Update, a free service for all Windows computers.
Microsoft explains more in its blog page.
You can get directly to the new patch if you CLICK HERE.
The company claims this is the last major security update for XP, though it said that last time and then backed down.
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