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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Germany Encourage Users to Abandon Internet Explorer

Germany Encourage Users to Abandon Internet Explorer

Germany Encourage Users to Abandon Internet Explorer

Added: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
It seems that history is repeating itself with the German government, known for giving Firefox a leg up in the past, telling users to abandon Microsoft’s IE for something safer.


The German government is reported to tell its citizens that they should temporarily stop using IE browser due to the discovery of a yet-to-be repaired vulnerability in the Internet browser. The flaw in question is said to make personal computers vulnerable to cyber attacks. The bug was found last weekend and is said to allow a zero day attack to be carried out on machines with Internet Explorer 9.

The German Federal Office for Information Security explained that it knew about targeted attacks. The plan of the hackers was the following: they wanted to lure Internet users to a site where intruders had planted malicious software which exploited the abovementioned IE flaw in order to infect their computers.
So, German authorities announced that a fast spreading of the malicious code should be feared. That’s why it has called on all IE users to switch to an alternative browser until Microsoft has released a security update. In the meantime, Microsoft hasn’t provided any comments over the issue.

According to some media reports, the software giant urged IE users to install a piece of security software instead. The industry experts believe that the company is just buying time to fix the vulnerability and build a new version of the browser. Nevertheless, the fix in question involves the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. And the latter is believed to be too complicated for most users, so it won’t help.

Until Germany called to abandon the browser, IE was the 2nd-most widely used web browser in the world, accounting for 1/3 of the market.

September 25th,2012

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Date:  Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-09-25 16:24:35)
CaptCosmo avatarIE?? I've had nothing to do with MS IE since I started using FIREFOX, a much safer & far superior browser, when it first came out years ago. How IE still has any market share is beyond me!

posted by (2012-09-25 17:02:01)
Inarius avatarthe hell with IE...I never liked it really and the only time I used it was when I downloaded Firefox.

posted by men (2012-09-25 17:14:42)
solyd avatar@1

Probably because it comes as standard on all or most new pc's

posted by Blocked (2012-09-25 21:39:45)
menahunie avatarNothing new; anyone in the know stays away from internet exploder..
EVEN the other browsers do almost the same thing.
I use a simple browser and have no tracking problems. Besides I don't use Google for any searches as well...

posted by (2012-09-25 22:35:50)
NDevcosmic avatardon't you think IE is only used for downloading other browsers?...Well thats what i do!

posted by Blocked (2012-09-25 22:44:55)
Crashman_123 avatarI've been using Firefox since version 0.6 (with windows firewall)and have only ever been infected by a virus ONCE from a website visit, and that was MY fault for having scriptblocker disabled at the time.
Compare that to the year BEFORE that when I picked up 6 viruses and 4 malware items when I was using IE and you can see the reason I block IE from Internet access in the Firewall.
Also, I REALLY like the fact that extensions/add-ons in firefox are free to use (as compared to IE where you have to PAY for many of the essential ones) and how easy it is to customise the browser. All-in-all it's a MUCH better browser IMO, but judging by the previous comments, I'm probably 'preaching to the converted'.
Admittedly I still use IE to view INTERNAL HTML files, but that's only because of the way the html pages LOOK when using css files. (firefox doesn't render them properly)

posted by (2012-09-26 00:30:35)
Rockman avatarOhhh please give me a break have tryed; firefox and chrome and modizla; and commando etc and they all stink on my win 7 64 bit; i love 9.0 and never had a problem period . .

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-09-26 00:32:30)
4GET avatarmaybe if you turn off auto mat updates and check for updates and take whats needed ..too many codes in the update package could be any one anything with numbers best avoided as they are security i may b wrong but thats what i think

posted by ET lover (2012-09-26 00:47:21)
picard25 avatarIf IE is only the 2nd biggest browser,what is No 1?

posted by (2012-09-26 01:43:20)
No avatarChrome is number 1 now

posted by (2012-09-26 02:40:32)
No avatarThe promised patch has now been released by Microsoft on Sep 24 2012. 1 day before this article was even posted. I'll stick with ie9 never had a problem. The exploit did not effect ie10 which comes with Windows8.

posted by (2012-09-26 03:05:09)
OpenMinder avatar@Godfrey7: Too bad, as Opera is a versatile and very light browser....not enough recognition IMHO.

@ogger151: Nice to know except when most MS machines aren't running Windows8, and the malware targets them specifically

posted by (2012-09-26 03:28:45)
cggc avatarMicrosoft Announces IE9 on tv and advertisements in the United States for a day and cost $1 million usd years ago and the newest IE10 with no promotion and is the best of all browsers in microsoft with windows 8 preview. microsoft free anti-virus Defender in windows 8 preview appears that is very basic with updates almost every day and I think is to try and not be swayed by the dynasty of microsoft. moreover, seems confusing Windows 8 preview but hackers report and composing such windows start button what trackers can see in the network with the new retro if renamed screen apps that hase many tracks by the many apps updates.

posted by (2012-09-26 08:41:33)
jakubsnm21 avatarGo FireFox!!!

posted by (2012-09-27 04:58:16)
No avatarI drop IE years ago. the newer versions may be just a tad better "and I stress JUST a TAD" but over all Firefox is the best. chrome is just ok imo, and then there is Opera.....loaded down with bloat ware. *for the ones that don't know what bloat ware is, its nu-necessary crap bogging the program down*

posted by (2012-09-28 12:18:58)
No avatari like chrome..

posted by (2012-09-29 00:01:35)
OpenMinder avatar@clamo: If you want to get in a "dig", do it upfront and straight-forward, but before you do, check your facts (again), as once again, you are spreading mis-information as if it were factual data (re: Opera).

Opera is far smaller, lighter and faster than a large percentage of web browsers available for PC's, but if you actually knew that you wouldn't have rambled inaccuracies.

Are you seriously this careless and ignorant (with information) or are you deliberately trying to be obtuse?

Either way, PLEASE be factual before stroking your ego. Please.

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