Still using Internet Explorer? Install KB4040685 to patch many browser vulnerabilities

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
KB4040685

Internet Explorer is the default browser for many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. If IE is your browser of choice, then you should hurry up and download KB4040685 on your device.

Cumulative Security Update KB4040685 for Internet Explorer brings a series of bug fixes and improvements that will enhance your browser’s security.

The update is available on Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows XP Embedded.

Internet Explorer KB4040685

This security update patches a series of reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. It is worth mentioning that the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer.

Installing the latest updates on your device is of paramount importance if you want to avoid malware attacks. There are many malicious websites and programs waiting to identify and exploit the tinniest vulnerability on your PC.

How to install KB4040685

The fixes that are included in KB4040685 are also included in the October 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup. You can download either the Security Update for Internet Explorer or the Security Monthly Quality Rollup to install all the fixes brought by this update.

This update is available through Microsoft Update. You can enable automatic updating to download and install this update automatically. You can also go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website and get the standalone package of KB4040685.

KB4040685 bugs

Before you hit the download button, it is worth mentioning that Internet Explorer 11 package users may receive an error message stating that an application exception has occurred. Microsoft is aware of this issue and will roll out a hotfix as soon as possible.

This app exception error is a common bug affecting almost all the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft recently released.

For more information on KB4040685 , go to Microsoft’s Support page.

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