Seriously, this article shouldn’t even be necessary!
Microsoft warned users on Monday that its now incredibly obsolete Internet Explorer browser has a critical vulnerability that allows malicious attackers to hijack the computers of those running the outdated program. So…. basically….if you still use Internet Explorer, you should… you know… Stop! No, really. Right now, Stop! In fact if you’re looking at this article in Internet Explorer, the power of the BT compels you! Stop now and go to another browser! I don’t care, any browser just not I.E!!
Are you in another browser now?? Okay, good. Now you can keep reading.
Microsoft’s warning reads "The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system."
Microsoft also confirmed that this vulnerability has already been exploited.
In all fairness, this is not the first time someone from Microsoft has strongly encouraged users to step away from the discontinued browser. Earlier this year, a security researcher with Microsoft warned people to stop using IE as a default browser. And in April it was proven that just actually having Internet Explorer on your computer, even with it just sitting there and not even using it, is a security risk.
This latest warning is pretty straight forward to any holdouts of the browser, stating that all it takes is a victim has to do is visit a particularly crafted website and boom, you’re done, game over, stick a fork in it.
The warning further states "An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”
So again, for the love of whatever you deem holy, please delete that relic, leave it in the past, and switch to Firefox, or Chrome, or Opera. Hell, use Edge for crying out loud, I don’t care, just whatever is not I.E!!