Posts Tagged ‘internet explorer’

Chrome passes Internet Explorer to become world’s most popular browser

Google’s Chrome Web browser has continued to gain market share since its introduction in 2008. Despite surpassing Internet Explorer in select regions and on weekends, Google’s browser has never been able to dethrone Microsoft in global usage share. Google’s browser has finally averaged higher traffic than Internet Explorer for the first time over a full seven-day stretch. From May 14th through May 20th, the Internet giant’s Web browser garnered a 32.76% share, ahead of Microsoft’s 31.94% and Mozilla Firefox’s 25.47% share. At the start of this week, however, Chrome’s share began to slide, falling to 31.88%, just ahead of Internet Explorer’s 31.47% share.

Scareware now targets Firefox browser

We have been reading about a lot of rogue software targeting Mac users – but its now time for Firefox users to be very careful.

A new scareware detects your user-string from your browser and if you are using Firefox, it will display a fake alert stating that a security scan is in process, with a button recommending that you Start Protection.If you click on the Start Protection. button, it will proceed to install a rogue antivirus software on your Windows computer.

Firefox does NOT include a virus scanner, so should you see such an alert, you know what to do! Simply close the browser and make it a point to not visit the website where you may have seen this alert, reports Sophos.

If you use Internet Explorer, you may get the regular Computer folder dialog box which appears to be running a system scan inside your IE.

I guess we are going to be seeing more and more of such ways to steal money from people. Cybercriminals will use such scareware tactics to scare people into downloading malicious software onto their computers and/or pay for a fake rogue software. This is something we all need to take care of.

Obscure Trojan Repurposed for Financial Fraud

Security researchers from browsing security firm Trusteer warn that an older, but relatively obscure, piece of malware has been modified for financial fraud.

The trojan, which the firm dubs Sunspot, is currently detected by only 9 out of the 42 antivirus engines available on Virus Total.

Its infection rate is on par with that of SpyEye and ZeuS in some regions and there have already been confirmed fraud loses associated with it.

Despite having existed for some time, this is a modern and very sophisticated piece of malware. It comes with all the features expected of a banking trojan.

This includes the ability to execute man-in-the-browser attacks like web injections, page grabbing, key-logging and screenshot taking

It can infect both 32 and 64-bit Windows installations and can hook into Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, which makes it comparable to other financial fraud trojans.

Trusteer researchers were able to decrypt its configuration and found out that it received instructions to grab account balance figures, last login date and other information from a victim’s account, as well as ask them for additional financial and personal details.

January Windows Security Patch Lacks IE Fix

January 11, 2011 1 comment

As expected, Microsoft today released two security bulletins in its January security update.

One of the bulletins is deemed “critical,” while the other is considered “important.” Both are designed to address remote code execution exploit risks in Windows.

Critical and Important Fixes
The critical item affects all supported Windows operating systems and touches Microsoft Data Access Components, which are the link between the operating system and various databases operating in a Windows environment.

“The critical Microsoft Data Access Components vulnerability is one of two MDAC issues fixed this month,” said Joshua Talbot, security intelligence manager at Symantec Security Response. “These components are a collection of technologies that enable applications — both from Microsoft and third-party developers — to access and manipulate databases.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft said that the second and final item in the patch “resolves one reported issue rated important and affecting Windows Vista.” This fix addresses a vulnerability in Windows Backup Manager.

The Backup Manager vulnerability is a fairly tough technical nut to crack, according to security experts. A hacker would have to open up Windows Backup and be able to access the target servers using Server Message Block (SMB) or Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV).

What About IE?
Obviously missing from this January slate is an update for the Internet Explorer flaw. It was exposed as a proof-of-concept exploit late last year and early this year. Microsoft hasn’t ruled out producing an out-of-band fix, but the security team may wait till next month on delivery.

The software giant released this table identifying some of the current security issues being considered by the team, along with possible mitigations to implement while awaiting a fix. Microsoft also updated its security advisory on Internet Explorer, adding a new “Fix it” workaround solution associated with preventing “the recursive loading of CSS style sheets in Internet Explorer.”

“The most interesting thing this month is the [Internet Explorer] mitigation tactic that Microsoft is calling a ‘shim’,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle. “The shim uses the application compatibility framework in Windows to rewrite in-memory function calls of MSHTML.DLL.”

Storms said this tactic offers an additional check on the known security bug and prevents the vulnerability from occurring. Storms called the tactic “easy to deploy and is a relatively low risk.”

As for the fixes Microsoft released in this month’s patch, both may require restarts.

Microsoft provides this Knowledge Base article for nonsecurity updates rolled out through Windows Server Update Services, Windows Update and Microsoft Update.


Rivals challenge Microsoft browser settlement


Three rivals of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser are seeking last minute changes to a proposal, that would see new users of Windows presented with a ballot screen of the top five browsers. Rivals believe that the current ballot screen proposal still gives Internet Explorer an unfair advantage.

After a complaint from the makers of the Opera web browser, the European Commission decided in January that Microsoft’s inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows constituted an abuse of their dominant market position. In October, the Redmond-based company proposed a so-called browser “ballot screen”, which would display a list of the top five browsers to consumers when they boot a new computer for the first time.

The commission has asked Microsoft’s rivals, who still appear to be unhappy with the proposal, to comment on the company’s offer by Monday.

Oslo-based Opera believes that the ballot should be displayed on a screen that does not contain the Microsoft logo. “It would be like having an election ballot where the name or logo of one candidate is displayed separately, prominently up in the corner of the ballot,” said Mr. Lie, chief technology officer at Opera. “You wouldn’t want that.”

Opera also want Microsoft to prevent Windows from displaying the standard security warnings that occur when users download software from theInternet.

Mozilla, the creators of Firefox, are concerned about the ballot screen’s design. Displayed within an Internet Explorer window, the screen will list the five most popular browsers in alphabetical order from left to right, giving first spot to Apple’s Safari. Jenny Boriss, a Mozilla designer, criticized the display in a post on October 16th, writing, “Windows users presented with the current design will tend to make only two choices: Internet Explorer because they are familiar with it, or Safari because it is the first item.” She went on to suggest that the browsers be displayed randomly.

Mr. Lie has said Google, Mozilla and Opera will send separate letters to the commission, detailing their requests for changes.

European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has said she will take Microsoft to court should they fail to agree to a fair settlement. However, Mrs. Kroes, who is likely to step down at the end of the year, has said she would prefer to settle open cases before leaving.

According to research firm Net Applications, Internet Explorer current has a 67 percent share of the browser market, following by Firefox with 24 percent. Apple’s Safari has 4.4 percent, Google’s Chrome 3.5 percent and Opera just 2 percent.

Microsoft sends biggest patch on record

October 13, 2009 1 comment


Microsoft Corp issued its biggest software patch on record on Tuesday to fix a range of security issues in its programs, including the yet-to-be-released Windows 7 operating system.

In a monthly update sent to users of its software, Microsoft released 13 security bulletins, or patches, to address 34 vulnerabilities it identified across its Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, Office and other products.

It said six of the patches were high priority and should be deployed immediately. The patches — which update software to write over glitches — are designed to protect users from hackers or malicious software downloaded from the Internet.

Several of the patches affect Windows 7, the software maker’s mew operating system which will be officially unveiled next week but has been widely used in test versions.

Such an early sign of security issues on Windows 7 is potentially worrying for Microsoft, which is hoping its new operating system will erase ill-feeling among many customers who bought the predecessor Vista.

A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately say whether the company had identified further security problems with Windows 7. The company generally does not disclose such problems until it has patches available.

How to Fix Broken and Slow Tab Issues in Internet Explorer 8


Tabs not working properly in Internet Explorer 8?
Taking very long to load Tabs in Internet Explorer 8?
Open in New Window not working in Internet Explorer 8?
Causes: A registry entry is missing or damaged. This happen if Internet Explorer 8 ( IE8 ) is not installed properly on your computer. You may have not restarted your computer after uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 or your something might have happened during the installation of Internet Explorer 8.
How to fix it:
a. Run Command Prompt (you will need to run a administrative command prompt – Run ad Administrator)
b. Type Following Command
regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
c. Press ‘Enter’ Key in your keyboard
d. You will see a Small Box appearing which says ” DllRegister Service in actxprxy.dll is succeeded”
e. Click Start, and then click Run.
f. In the Open box, type regsvr32 shdocvw.dll.
g. Click OK, and then click OK again.
h. You will get this message: DllRegisterServer in shdocvw.dll succeeded.
i. Now restart your computer.
Your tab issue should be resolved by now.