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US-CERT urges XP users to dump IE

Gregg Keizer | March 12, 2014
People who plan to run Windows XP after Microsoft pulls the patch plug should dump Internet Explorer (IE) and replace it with a different browser, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said Monday.

Current XP users are most likely running IE8, the latest browser supported by the OS, because in early 2012 Microsoft began automatically upgrading users to the newest version of IE supported by a given operating system.

According to measurement firm Net Applications, IE8 accounted for 37.3% of all instances of Internet Explorer used in February. IE6, the version originally released with XP, accounted for 8% of all copies of Internet Explorer, a high percentage considering that Microsoft had gone to great lengths to eradicate that version.

Chrome, Firefox and Opera can be downloaded from the websites of Google, Mozilla and Opera Software.


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