UPDATE: Microsoft has issued a fix for Internet Explorer security bug, including a fix for Windows XP that is no longer supported. If you don’t have updates automatically enabled, check for updates on the Windows portion of your Control Panel. It’s critical to apply the updates to protect your computer and your data.
Microsoft reported a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that allows hackers to gain access to your computer via malicious websites. When someone has control of your computer, it works as their computer. The hacker can access all your files, passwords, install apps, send emails, etc. It’s a MUST to protect your computer until Microsoft can resolve the Internet Explorer issues. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from the Internet Explorer security bug:
- Discontinue using Internet Explorer, and switch to another browser. Google Chrome and FireFox are two excellent options that are not impacted by the bug.
- If your computer savvy, Microsoft has issued a workaround to change the Enhanced Protected Mode of IE 10 and IE11 to unregister VGX.DLL. Scroll about half way down the page to learn how to apply the workaround until a patch is issued. Some websites may not appear correctly with EPM enabled.
- Google no longer support IE 8 and IE9 browsers. You can download the most recent Internet Explorer version here if you wish to apply Microsoft’s workaround.
- Microsoft discontinued Windows XP support, so there will be no resolution developed for this system. If you are still running Windows XP, consider upgrading your system because you’ll continue to be vulnerable to cyber attacks.
- Operating systems, such as Windows and other software are updated routinely to fix vulnerabilities and flaws. It’s important to apply updates to your computer immediately when you’re notified that they are available to prevent your computer and data from being compromised.
PUMC monitors the digital world to protect our clients as well as our systems. In an effort to reach all clients, we have reached out via email, social media, and blog.
If you don’t have a computer expert in your office who can apply the workaround, we recommend using a different browser until the IE vulnerability is resolved.