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Serious security flaw affects every version of Internet Explorer

Serious security flaw affects every version of Internet Explorer
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Microsoft just released a bombshell security announcement. Researchers at security company FireEye have found a flaw in Internet Explorer that could let hackers easily slip a virus on to your computer. And hackers are already using it.

This flaw is present in every version of Internet Explorer - from 6 to 11 - stretching back more than a decade.

You have no defense with the latest Windows systems, either; the program is vulnerable no matter which version of Windows you are running.

The bug is a drive-by hack; all you have to do is visit a site that hackers have hijacked or modified and you're infected.

The bad news: As I'm writing this, there's no permanent fix and Microsoft is still researching the problem.

Updated 5/1 at 1:15 p.m.: Microsoft has released a permanent fix for this problem. You can install it via Windows Updates, or if you have automatic updates turned on it will install automatically. Contrary to its "no XP updates" policy, Microsoft also released a patch for XP computers you can install via Windows Updates.

Updated 4/28 at 1:30 p.m.: A fix for one part of the problem is available from Adobe. Read on to learn more.

A warning for XP users: If Microsoft holds firm on its "no XP updates" policy, this flaw will never be fixed for XP users. And this is just the first of many problems that won't be fixed. I strongly recommend you upgrade to a newer version of Windows as soon as possible. Click here to read everything you need to know about the end of XP.

However, there are a few steps you can take to keep your computer safe.

Next page: What you need to do to stay safe
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