A serious Microsoft Internet Explorer Security Flaw has been discovered..

Microsoft has warned that the 900 million users of its Internet Explorer browser are at risk of having their computers hijacked and their personal information stolen by hackers. Microsoft has yet to develop a permanent fix for the security hole, but all Internet Explorer users are being told to apply a temporary fix (see instructions below) that will prevent hackers from exploiting a hole to install malicious scripts if you happen to click on a link at a rogue website.

Any user could be targeted simply by visiting an infected website. 

In a security bulletin (Microsoft Security Advisory (2501696), Microsoft has confirmed that the discovered flaw affects ALL versions of Windows and although it had yet to encounter “indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability”, the flaw was serious and it was aware of proof-of-concept code exploiting the issue.

Microsoft is working to develop a permanent fix to deal with this exploit.  In the meantime however, I would strongly suggest that the fix titled “How to protect yourself” below, is applied on ALL computers in your office(s) that use Internet Explorer as their main web browser..  Don’t forget your home computers too!

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HOW  TO  PROTECT  YOURSELF

Step by Step instructions..

  1. Click the following link;  
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2501696#FixItForMe
    (or simply copy and paste it into your web browser)
  2. Scroll down the page until you see a couple of boxes with a picture of a little man in a blue cap – there are two, the one on the left is “Enable” – the one on the right is “Disable
  3. Click the “Microsoft Fix it” box on the LEFT hand side (Under Enable) – you should then be prompted to Save or Run the file.Note: You may also get another prompt to confirm you want the action to complete if you are using the Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating systems with User Access Control enabled.
  4. Click on “Run” and then “Run” again if prompted.
  5. Tick the “I Agree” box and then click the “Next >” button   –   Windows will now create a restore point and apply the Microsoft Fix it 50602 temporary patch to protect your computer from being vulnerable to this exploit.
  6. When the process completes, you should get a box that says “This Microsoft Fix it has been processed” 
  7. Click the “Close” button and you’re all done.

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In the unlikely event that this fix causes you problems, simply follow the above steps again only this time, click on the “Microsoft Fix it” box on the RIGHT hand side, under the “Disable” label.. This will remove the patch from your computer.
 
Should you get an error when trying to apply the above fix, contact Microsoft Support for help or alternatively, contact us for assistance.

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