IE exploit

In this tutorial:

Microsoft has released a patch for Internet Explorer that addresses a recently discovered security exploit. We will now explain the security issue, and tell you how to fix it. You will then be able to continue using your MS Internet Explorer without risk of being compromised.

Information on the Vulnerability

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6-11 contain a security flaw that can allow an attacker to gain access to your system. On May 1, 2014 details on the security weakness in Internet Explorer were released publicly on Microsoft's official site, with a critical rating. The Bulletin is labeled MS14-021, and can be viewed here.

Protect Your Computer

Switching to a different browser is a good way to continue surfing the internet safely, but updating your Windows patches your computer from the security risk.

Use a different browser

Since this security weakness is exclusive to Microsoft Internet Explorer, using a different browser will allow you to avoid the security risk. Below is a list of alternative browsers:

Update Windows

Performing Windows Updates will patch your computer, since Microsoft includes the fix (2964358) as a critical update. Below is a quick reference on how to access Windows Updates.

Windows 8:
  1. Right-click/Swipe on the bottom right of the screen
  2. Click/press on the Change PC settings.
  3. Click/press on Update and recovery.

Windows 7:
To avoid a known issue with IE crashing on Windows 7, you must install update 2929437 first, or update 2964444 instead.
  1. Click the Windows button. (Typically on the bottom left of your screen)
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Update, then Check for updates.

Windows Vista/Windows XP:
  1. Click the Windows button. (Typically on the bottom left of your screen)
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Update, then Check for updates.
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