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New browser bug is crashing Windows machines

Who doesn’t love the feeling of nostalgia? Most people get excited when reminiscing about the past and thinking about the good old days. That’s just one reason the new Star Wars movies do so well at the box office. It’s nice catching up on the adventures of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.

While some things from the past are great to revisit, others can cause nightmares. That’s what is happening now with a bug causing havoc with Windows machines.

How Windows bug is causing nightmares

If you remember using Windows 95 and 98 back in the 1990s, there’s a good chance you remember the blue screen of death. This screen would appear on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, causing it to crash.

The error message signified that the operating system could no longer operate safely. Malicious users were able to attack others’ computers by using a special filename as an image source. The victim’s browser would attempt to access the bad file and cause the system to crash.

Well, it’s happening again.

There is a similar type of bug that impacts Windows 7 and 8.1 in the same way 95 and 98 were. Certain file names will force Windows 7 and 8.1 to run extremely slow, and eventually crash, causing the blue screen of death to appear.

Cybercriminals could set up malicious websites that embed bad filenames as image sources. Anytime you visit one of these sites, using any browser, your gadget could crash.

Windows 10 is not impacted by this bug. Which makes for a good reason to upgrade to Windows 10 if you plan on connecting to the internet.

If you are using one of the older operating systems and it crashes, the good news is you just need to reboot your system and it should go away. Also, you should remember which website you visited that caused the problem and not visit it again using the older OS.

Microsoft has been informed of the bug but hasn’t said if or when it will be fixed. Keep checking in with our Happening Now section to learn about any updates and when a patch becomes available.

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