FYI, This came from a service my church uses for its website, so I consider it reliable.

Department of Homeland Security recommends discontinuing use of Internet Explorer

Over the weekend, US-CERT became aware of a major security vulnerabilty in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. They believe this vulnerabilty is actively being exploited, and therefore, as of Monday, April 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security is advising users to stop using Internet Explorer until the bug is patched. Internet Explorer versions 8 and earlier are particularly vulnerable, since Microsoft discontinued extended support of Windows XP on April 8, 2014.

This vulnerabilty could allow a hacker to gain the same user rights as the current user, and that attacker could ultimately take complete control of the affected system. Microsoft has provided detailed information and recommended actions to reduce your risk. You can also download a current version of an alternative browser:

If you decide to download Firefox, go to and get it directly or you may end up with a bunch of tagalong programs you don't want.