Microsoft Warns of New IE Flaw, Unlikely to Fix on Windows XP

By: Stephanie Petrashko

Microsoft is warning of a newly discovered exploit of a security vulnerability that impacts all versions of Internet Explorer (IE).

The vulnerability could let hackers take over your computer when you visit certain websites using IE. Malicious software (malware) can be installed on your computer without your knowledge, even if you don’t click on anything. Once that software is installed, others can take control of your computer.

Although Microsoft is expected to issue a fix, it is unlikely that systems using Windows XP will receive the fix, as Microsoft ended its support for the older XP systems earlier this month.

Microsoft provides a set of workarounds for dealing with the vulnerability, which include setting your IE security zone settings to "High", and running your user account with non-administrative rights. You can also switch to another Web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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