NEW INFORMATION: Microsoft update patches Internet Explorer security gap

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REDMOND, Wash. (WEAU) -- Microsoft has released a security update aimed at fixing a security gap in the popular Internet Explorer web browser.

Thursday morning, the Microsoft Security Response Center said that most users won't have to do anything, because the new protections will be downloaded and installed to their computers through an automatic update. It says the update was tested and is designed for all versions of the browser affected by the gap. Microsoft urges users who haven't installed automatic updates or aren't sure if they have to apply the update. You can find the link to the instructions on the right side of this story. The company is also encouraging them to enable Automatic Update to their computers. "Now is the time," writes Dustin Childs of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.

The company says it has also decided to put out a security update for Windows XP, despite Microsoft's move to stop supporting that operating system last month. It's encouraging users to go to use either Windows 7 or 8.1 instead, which would involve replacing the operating system or the computer itself.

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