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Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware

Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware

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The Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of “socially engineered malware,” according to independent researcher NSS Labs.

What is socially engineered malware?

Cybercriminals use socially engineered malware to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs, socially engineered malware describes any link that leads to malicious websites or downloads that could harm your computer.

Research shows that these links appear on popular websites and services such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as cybercriminals are increasingly taking advantage of people’s trust in these sites.

How Internet Explorer 9 protects against socially engineered malware

NSS Labs says that the success of Internet Explorer in blocking this kind of malware can be credited to SmartScreen URL filtering (included in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9) and SmartScreen application reputation (new to Internet Explorer 9).

Here’s how Internet Explorer 9 stacks up against other web browsers when it comes to blocking this kind of malware.


Download Internet Explorer 9.

Read the report from NSS Labs.



  • Is this a marketing gimmick to sell your consumers more applications?  If Microsoft were really interested, these applications would be automatically offered and downloaded.

  • well done---thanks for the update Microsoft team

    Paul Kirby


  • I have windows 7. Will Explorer 9 give me problems?

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