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.

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by Smigit

Saturday July 3rd, 2004 10:15 PM

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im sure there is, but are there any included with windows or are they third party?

If they are part of windowsXP then my mistake, although I am yet to find them and i have gone all around the control panel and the like. The WMP9 installer even states it cant be uninstalled. (you can using a few unintuitive methods I know but they dont supply an uninstaller. One is to reinstall windows, use a 3rd party tool or do it manually)

If they are third party tools then it kinda still leads me down the original road that i was persueing in that the components arent easily removeable since most users will never hear of the tools existance and therefore wont know that WMP and IE can be uninstalled. I personally dont feel having 3rd party tools available classifies it as an easy removal since you have to search the web to find the app. In any event, I think an "easily removeable" program is one that comes with its own uninstaller or is one that isnt installed in the first place (like the firebird .zip releases) and can be removed by deleting its directory.

Ill just add as a side note ive never wanted to remove any of the above programs anyway, I see no damage them being there and I use WMP as my default media player because i like the Libraries layout over winamps and dislike iTunes and Musicmatch. IE i want for windows update and ive never used outlook express.