Microsoft has just released three updates but fortunately, they are all for different versions. The three updates in question are KB4483232, KB4483234, KB4483235, and are for a security bug in Internet Explorer called IE Zero-day.
I just ran the update and I don’t know if this is a glitch or just my useless HP laptop, but after my machine restarted, I could not get the start to work, even if I pressed the Windows icon on my keyboard.
Do not panic if this happens to you. The simplest way I found to fix the problem was to do a restart. “How if my start button doesn’t work?” I hear you ask me. Just press ctrl + alt + delete. In the bottom right-hand corner of your screen will be a power button. You should be able to do a restart from there.
But to be honest, there is not really much else to say, so I thought I would do a bit of searching around the internet to see if I could find out what the problem was with Internet Explorer, and it is not exactly a small issue.
What this is, and I am going to talk in words that even I understand, is something called IE Zero-day. This IE Zero-day can be used on the internet to get access to people’s computers.
What basically happens is the bad guys persuade users to visit a malicious site, and this malicious site will run code on the users computer, which the bad guy can then take over.
Apparently, the code can also get on your machine via apps that have the IE scripting engine embedded. The bad guys can then get into your computer using these web-based content apps, such as Office 365. I have to say that this does sound quite worrying, in my opinion.
The Good News
Don’t worry. There is good news, although it comes with bad news so you may need to carry on worrying. The good news is that in most cases, the bad guys can’t do a lot with this malicious code, although they might be able to plant some malware.
The Bad News
That wasn’t the bad news. Here’s the bad news. Apparently, this happens a lot. In fact, it seems it has happened once a month.
The thing is, if you haven’t updated your machine to make it secure from one of the other Zero-days, then the bad guys could get into your computer using one of those, even if you have updated your computer for this most recent Zero-day.
Update on a Regular Basis
This is why, and I apologise if I sound like a broken record, you need to always keep your computer up-to-date. If you are not an advanced user, just go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
And if updating makes you feel nervous, just wait a couple of days to make sure there are no reports of updating horror stories.
Wrapping Zero-day up
Although the security flaw is not exactly small, as long as you have updated your computer on a regular basis, you shouldn’t have any problems. Even the glitch I wrote about above is probably more to do with my laptop than this update.
Having said that, let us know if you did have the same problem as me. I may have been the first to report this flaw. Aaaahhhhh. Fame at last.
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