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  • Stop using Internet Explorer 10

    Posted on February 14th, 2014 at 09:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a new 0-day exploit that apparently only affects IE 10. Security researchers at FireEye describe an attack on the VFW web site.

    More details at Ars Technica, but the main advice is to use anything other than IE 10, until Microsoft can fix it. IE 11 isn’t a problem, but I personally use and recommend Chrome and Firefox.

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    • #53385 Reply

      Da Boss

      There’s a new 0-day exploit that apparently only affects IE 10. Security researchers at FireEye describe an attack on the VFW web site.More details at
      [See the full post at: Stop using Internet Explorer 10]

    • #53386 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Should we then install the two IE10 Security updates in the new Feb patches? I’m not using IE10, but just thinking.

    • #53387 Reply


      I don’t use IE, except, I suspect when I use the Bing search on Surface Pro 8.1. So I’m not, at this time, using any Bing News search.
      Ques.: There’s a security update being offered for IE 11 on 8.1; do I take it or wait? Meanwhile, I just took defender update and dictionary update, while we await your “Defcon 4”.

    • #53388 Reply


      Does IE 9 is affected too or only IE 10

    • #53389 Reply


      I had been using IE 10 in Win7 until I started having problems. A “fix” took me back to IE 8 and I had to go back to a restore point to get IE 9. Windows Update lists both IE 10 & IE 11 as unchecked optional updates (no KB numbers). This explains why I couldn’t get IE 10 to download. I’ve since started using Chrome, but anytime I need to use a help feature for a program (HP Support Assistant for example), it tries to open IE – which freezes. Is there any way to get these to open in Chrome?

    • #53390 Reply

      ax kramer
      AskWoody Lounger

      For some this posting about not using IE 10 will involve a Catch 22. They will have used IE 10 to discover that they should not have used IE 10 to discover that …. The rest had already switched to another browser, just as they are likely switching to another OS.

      How much time does Microsoft still have before it is too late to recover from this downward spiral? I don’t know the answer, but repeated security breaches bring the point of no return closer.

    • #53391 Reply

      Da Boss

      @Gail –

      There’s a 90% chance that making Chrome your default browser will fix the problem. (I’m not sure if Windows Update honors your choice or not.) To make Chrome the default browser, click Start, Default Programs (it’s near the bottom on the right), Set Default programs. Then let Chrome have all of its associations.

    • #53392 Reply

      Da Boss

      @Jonathan –

      Only IE 10

    • #53393 Reply

      Da Boss

      @Sanda –

      Windows 8 is also subject to the MS-DEFCON system, so for now I wouldn’t touch the IE 11 update…

    • #53394 Reply

      Da Boss


      Nope. Microsoft hasn’t plugged the IE10 exposure yet.

    • #53395 Reply

      rc primak

      re. Woody response @Gail —
      Under Windows 7, Windows Updates don’t use the browser.

      General response to all of this —
      I upgraded to IE 11 for my Windows 7 partition. no problems noted so far. I use Chrome as my default browser, and I’d say over 90% of program updaters respect that default setting.

    • #53396 Reply

      Yuhong Bao


      Note that it requires the latest IE9/10 security update be already installed. I don’t generally follow MS-DEFCON BTW.

    • #53397 Reply

      Da Boss


      Thanks. I have a Tech Watch item coming up about the Fixit…

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