Users are being told to avoid using Internet Explorer until ...

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. valve83 macrumors member

    May 12, 2003
    Springfield, PA

    I just think that their choice of picture/caption is really funny, for whatever me crazy...just seems like a quirky thing to focus on, and have a picture of to boot =P
  2. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
  3. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
  4. dombi macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2003
    And this is Mac related how? ...

    Oh, that's right Microsoft used to make web browsers for the Mac...was that called IE too?
  5. RHutch macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2003
    Amsterdam, OH
    I wonder if Secunia will count this when they put out their next round of garbage about security. :confused:
  6. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    User should stop using IE all together. It belongs in the 90s:

    - no tabbed browsing
    - no pop up supression
    - slow
    - fugly interface
    - New IE windows (from links) hijacks existing IE windows
    - poor javascript support, supporting incompatible - standard JS model (IE< document.all) - its not up to date

    Yes, yes, several of the above points will be fixed in Bug Patch 2, as MS followes will point out - however, MS should have implemented these ages ago. Oh, they have no incentive to, because they are a monopoly. Additionally, with microsoft and missing features its always - " coming in the next version ".

    IE is hideous. Winblow users should realize there are better browsers. You look around before buying a car or cooker, shame windows users don't do the same with the software they use.

    AS usual with MS, its poor quality software.
  7. macridah macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2004
    You don't have to tell me not to use IE. At work (cause i have to use windows), I use Firefox, and at home I use Safari all the way.
  8. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I'm trying to imagine what depending on Windows would feel like...

    Windows users are literally being advised not to use the Internet. Wow.

    BTW... How long have these particular holes remained unpatched? (Not to mention, until updates just now appearing, most antivirus software couldn't detect these intrusions, despite similar past incidents on a smaller scale?)

    And it sounds like the problem on the site end is MS's fault as well. So sites not hosted by MS products are safe? (Maybe they SHOULD release that list of infected sites they're keeping under wraps. Loss of traffic might be a wake-up call to companies depending on MS for their servers.)

    PS, I wonder if this site is infected... it's SLOW today.
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Since MS said they were done updating Explorer for Macs, this is like telling all Mac users to stop using it forever. :eek:

    Yay.... :D
  10. cjc343 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    In the apple store, in front of a G5.

    This article has me laughing hysterically..... I think I might send it to a certain Windows Tech Support Agent who has a grudge against Macs, but refuses to say why.....

    I need to go check the business section.... Hopefully this will be front page (of business) today or tomorrow.
  11. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Re "telling all Mac users to stop using it forever"... Not so--Macs are immune from this infection. (As has been the case with most IE flaws.) Not that it would be a great loss if we DID have to abandon IE :)
  12. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    Why do we miss out on all this fun

    Oh well maybe one day :D

    (I do hope not :p )
  13. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    I'm so totally happy I could make your day like that. I kinda figured this one deserved it - with the whole "if you use windows, stay off the internet" feel to it...

    /me hugs his mac again.
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It's not the files that it's dropping onto the drive that is the problem, since the Macs won't use them.

    It's that darn security hole that allows files to be dropped on the drive, damn MicroSieve.
  15. Knox Administrator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    The irony being of course that they have to use IE in order to see all the warnings that they should not use IE....

    Can't be infected - doesn't run IIS. Actually, i think it's the advert at the top which is causing the browser to stop loading the rest of the page. Several times now I've had the page loading stalled and when the advert is loaded it suddenly starts again.
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Hmmm...what's this then? All Windows users are urged not to go on the internet? A collective sigh of relief passes over all the techinical help sites and forums on the web. ;) Now we just have to get rid of the AOL users.... :p

    But I still use OS X IE occasionally because one site I go to has a java-based chat room that crashes Safari like mad, and doesn't run at all in Mozzer.

    BTW, in Mozilla, do you have to do more than just click enable Java to get applets to work? I just get a hollow green box in place of the applet. :(

    I find it ironic and irritating how often applets are the source of compatibility issues that drive people to use MSIE...ahhh, even Java is sullied by their hands. :rolleyes:
  17. Longey Nowze macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2001

    There is a a thread in the Apple discussion boards in the safari section about Java called "Java applets won't run" check out it.
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Unfortunately there are websites that seem to only like IE. A site I need for work (Washington Post E-Tearsheets) will only work on IE. I have tried the Safari Debug menu and the suggestion that someone made about Firefox to no avail.
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Thanks! Do you mean here or on I couldn't find the thread you're talking about.

    FWIW on Safari it *runs*, but Safari beachball-of-death's after a little while. On Moz it doesn't run at all. :(
  20. Longey Nowze macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2001
    it's at here's the link I'm there too cuz I'm having problems with Java too :( a lot of people seem to have problems and a lot of people don't it's complicated :confused:

  21. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Our Window of opportunity...

    Hey Apple... Now is the PERFECT time to release Safari for Windows. Let's make Safari/KHTML the next browser standard! :)

  22. cjc343 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    In the apple store, in front of a G5.

    That would suck.
  23. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I haven't really used IE since I switched to Panther & Safari. It just amazes me that MS isn't on top of these issues. The sleeping giant, what happens when it wakes up! :eek:

    "Virus targets personal data - Financial, password information at risk"

    By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff *|* June 26, 2004

    Surfing the Internet got a little more dangerous yesterday, as security specialists discovered a virus that spreads through infected Web pages and could steal sensitive information like credit card numbers.

    "It's demonstrating the evolution and the constant innovation in the hacking and virus community," said Chris Kraft, a senior security analyst at antivirus software vendor Sophos Inc.

    The new attack affects only computers running software from Microsoft Corp., specifically the Windows operating system and the Internet Explorer browser, and Web servers using Microsoft's Internet Information Server.
  24. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    For Mozilla to use applets, nothing else is necessary; however, those applets which were made with the latest MS Visual J++ won't likely work correctly on anything else.


    I think that the Macintosh version of internet exploder is immune because it is missing most of the advances that MS put into the Windows version. MS never seems to be able to make things right, then add features.

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