Patch Tuesday:
Download EMET for IE or Switch Browser

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Patch Tuesday: Download EMET for IE or Switch Browser

There is a bug in Internet Explorer (IE) newly discovered by Microsoft, and it is being used to infect PCs via drive-by downloads (malware download and installation initiated simply b visiting a malicious website).

Microsoft is urging all IE users to download a piece of security software called EMET to help mitigate the risk of infection, while the company is working on a permanent fix.  EMET stands for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, and it can be downloaded here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851

EMET needs to be downloaded, installed and configured manually, so it's kind of a pain.  If you don't feel like dealing with it, you can also simply switch to a different browser that’s not affected by this bug, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera.

See Also:

Microsoft warns on Internet Explorer security flaw
Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2757760
Internet Explorer Zero-Day Flaw Exploited by Same Java Gang

Remotely triggered vuln can affect a wide variety of IE and Windows versions.