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Fix will be released ‘in the next few days’

Microsoft offers workaround for IE exploit until a patch is released

Microsoft has posted a method IE users can deploy to secure their PCs from a recently discovered exploit.

Users can work around the threat by using the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), described as a utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software.

Applying the EMET to Internet Explorer will result in the browser issuing a lot of security prompts to users.

"You will be prompted frequently when you enable this workaround," warns Microsoft. "For each prompt, if you feel you trust the site that you are visiting, click ‘Yes’ to run Active Scripting.

Although Microsoft is providing this information the help combat the exploit, the company released the following statement, in which it stresses that the vast majority of IE users are safe: “There have been an extremely limited number of attacks—the vast majority of Internet Explorer users have not been impacted. We are working on an easy-to-use, one-click fix that will be released in the next few days, but in the meantime we recommend customers make sure their antivirus software is up-to-date.”

IE 6 through to 9 is at risk of the exploit, which allows malicious code to run on a PC, but IE 10 users are not in danger.

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