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.

#4 Re: You mean there is no way to turn off IE???

by zookqvalem

Friday July 2nd, 2004 7:40 PM

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To make the long story short, IE is integrated into Windows. It become more tightly integrated into Windows as each version goes by. Some of the Windows feature would stop working if IE is removed or disabled. It is not like that people have a choice here. Also, a lot of people are computer illiterate, they just find Windows easy to use and even easier when IE come with the package. They would be feeling lost or imitated if they use a different browsers and would go back to IE. Also, some of them don't know how to install anything. It show how bad people are, let alone with the anti-virus or anti-spyware software too.