Mozilla Downloads Rise Following US-CERT Recommendation to Drop IE

Friday July 2nd, 2004

Wired News is reporting that Mozilla downloads have surged following advice from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to avoid Internet Explorer for security reasons. Download numbers approximately doubled in the days following the US-CERT recommendation, which was made in the form of an update to an earlier vulnerability note and comments to the press. US-CERT is a partnership between the United States Department of Homeland Security — the government organisation set up in the wake of September 11th to prevent terrorist attacks — and the public and private sectors.

US-CERT's advice follows last week's outbreak of the Download.Ject virus, which exploited a number of holes in Microsoft's IIS Web server and Internet Explorer to install a password-stealing trojan horse on Web surfers' computers. Microsoft patched some of the flaws before the outbreak occurred and today released another update that protects against the vulnerability by way of a configuration change (though the underlying problem has not been fixed). Windows users should hotstep it to Windows Update (must be visited using IE) to install the patch, regardless of whether they use Internet Explorer as their default browser.

#11 Re: Re: Re: You mean there is no way to turn off I

by Smigit

Friday July 2nd, 2004 11:05 PM

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Ive never seen such tools that will remove IE and WMP from the system. This is in regards to Ie 6 and WMP 9, not older releases. Neither of them have an "uninstall" feature and arent in the "change or remove programs" area. Furthermore the "Add/remove windows components" menu only enables and disables the Access to the aps (as per the description i gained there just then). As such they arent being removed, simply you cant access them. I know you used the word disabled but my initial post was talking about uninstalling the components completly, which is a troublesome task. If you know any other means be my guest.

Ill add this is my experience on XP, 2000 im not quite so sure as I havent really used it a great deal and when i have i had limited privilages anyway