A new threat has been detected that targets Internet Explorer users. This threat is referred as CVE-2013-3893, and is known to affect almost all Internet Explorer versions. Microsoft has released a temporary Fixit and an emergency advisory against the threat.
According to experts, this Microsoft fix it may not do the trick and it is advisable to exercise caution until the software giant releases a permanent fix. The new threat seems to be not affecting the server platforms when the Internet Explorer is run in the restricted mode. However, experts say that when the restricted mode is disabled, these platforms can also become infected.
Therefore, until there is a permanent fix for the threat, users should take certain measures to keep their computers running smooth. Let us discuss some of the measures that you could take to avoid this error.
Try other browsers
Even though Microsoft has released a temporary fix, it may not be sufficient to keep away the threats. Therefore, it is advisable that you use any other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari etc. These internet browsers are known to be less vulnerable to errors and therefore, are considered a good alternative until Microsoft is ready with the fix.
Update your antivirus program
If you still want to use Internet Explorer browser, run the temporary Microsoft fix it on your computer. Then ensure the protection of your computer by updating the antivirus program. Make sure that your antivirus program is running fine and you have scheduled automatic scans. It is also important that you turn on the automatic updates for the antivirus program. This will ensure that your antivirus program receives information on all the latest threats, and in turn keep your computer clean and protected.
Turn on the firewall
By turning on the firewall in your computer, you can prevent unauthorized data traffic from and into your computer. Keep in mind that you can turn on either the firewall in the antivirus program or the firewall in the Windows operating system. As it is not yet clear when Microsoft intends to release the fixes, it is advisable that you turn on automatic updates in the operating system so that you receive the updates as and when they are released.
In addition, you can ensure that you receive all the security patches and fixes. Let us wait for a few more days for the security patches, and until then avoid browsing with your Internet Explorer.