Experts: If you have Internet Explorer, don’t use it

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The warning is blunt and it comes from Homeland Security in Washington.  If you have Internet Explorer, don’t use it.

Hackers have found a way to take control of your computer without you knowing it.  Dr. Darrell Bowman, an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the University of Indianapolis says don’t think you can outsmart the problem with Internet Explorer.  “This is a very serious threat. It’s probably the most serious threat that has come along in the past three or four years.”

A simple way for hackers to access your computer is through the Flash App already used by thousands of websites.  “All you have to do is visit one of the victimizing websites; and, we don’t know who they are or what they are. They probably look like normal innocent websites,” says Dr. Bowman.

“They can gain access to personal information, such as passwords and banking information. They can actually control your whole machine,” Dr. Bowman says.

It’s a serious enough threat that Homeland Security put out an alert about it.  To keep from becoming a victim, you can increase the security level on your computer; but, that can make it difficult to access websites.

Experts say to be safe, you should use Firefox or Chrome as your browser.  “There isn’t a fix right now. That’s why Microsoft is working feverishly to get this fixed.” says Dr. Bowman.

Dr. Bowman says it will likely take several days for Microsoft to fix the problem. Once they do, they’ll let us know how to access the patch. But even then, Microsoft is saying it will make the fix available to only Vista and Windows 8 users, and maybe Windows 7. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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