Microsoft has released a patch via Windows Update to fix the recently discovered security vulnerability ("IE Zero Day") in Internet Explorer. The patch is available for all affected versions of Internet Explorer on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of  Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. In a surprise move, Microsoft also released the patch for Windows XP after telling the world that it would no longer patch XP after April 8th of this year.

If your Windows computer is set up to automatically download and install Windows updates, you need take no further action. If you don't automatically install updates, follow the instructions on the IT website to check for and install Windows updates.

Going forward, the IT department recommends that, except for websites and applications where Internet Explorer is required, you use an alternate browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera for you general web browsing.

Please call the Help Desk (413 542-2526) with any questions.

The screenshot below shows what the patch looks like on a 64-bit Windows 7 computer running Internet Explorer version 11.

Microsoft Releases Security Update for IE Zero Day Vulnerability