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Microsoft releases fix for Internet Explorer bug

  • Microsoft has released a temporary software fix for a bug in its Internet Explorer browser.

    Cybercriminals took advantage of the flaw to install the Poison Ivy trojan on users' computers in order to steal data or take remote control of a PC.

    In a blog post, Microsoft said the Fix It tool was "an easy, one-click solution that will help protect your computer right away" but "not intended to be a replacement for any security update".

    The bug, which was present in all versions of Internet Explorer except IE 10, was spotted by a Luxembourg-based security expert after his PC got infected by Poison Ivy last week.