Hackers can access your computer if you have Internet Explorer

The Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser, a classic among classics, was replaced some time ago by Microsoft Edge, but despite this there are still a few computers where it is active. It’s only about 10% of today’s Windows computers, but that’s a respectable number. Computers that work with Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and have said browser active, can suffer attacks that affect their computers.

John Page discovered this security flaw. We can examine his study at this link . The worst thing is that, even if the Internet Explorer browser is not used regularly, in its version 11, the latest known version, the infection cannot be avoided. Hackers will access the files on the computer whenever the opening of a .MHT file, typical of the Microsoft browser, is activated.

These files are no longer used in Microsoft Edge. If someone sends someone one of these files, through any means, opening it in Internet Explorer can activate the infection, which will allow access to different files on the computer.

Until now, Microsoft has not developed any solution to the aforementioned vulnerability and, in principle, it has no intention of doing so, at least now. Company officials said they would consider fixing the bug in an update, but have not explained when they will do so.

Even if very few users are affected, it would not hurt for Microsoft to make the correction immediately. What everyone who still has Internet Explorer installed can do is remove it from their computers or, better yet, upgrade to Microsoft Edge. This will avoid potential upsets.