Dublin: December 17th 2008 -   Microsoft is encouraging customers to follow simple safety guidelines including the application of all relevant software updates, installing up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software and ensuring that the firewall on their PC is turned on.

Updated Information:

The security update for Internet Explorer has been released.  The update will help protect customers from malicious attacks. Like a vaccine developed to fight a virus, this “security update” will protect your computer only if you install it.  If you have turned on Automatic Updates, your computer will install the security update automatically.  If you don’t use Automatic Updates, please go to http://update.microsoft.com. 

The Microsoft Security Response Centre continues to monitor the threat landscape while working, and sharing information with, partners around the globe through the Microsoft Active Protections Program to help protect our customers.

Microsoft strongly recommends that consumers find out how to protect their PC by visiting:  http://www.microsoft.ie/protect/

It’s important that consumers:

  • Keep anti-virus and anti-malware software up to date
  • Turn on their computer’s firewall
  • Ensure that their PC is up-to-date with the latest software updates
  • Turn on Windows Update to ensure that software is patched automatically

Microsoft has published an advisory with detailed information which customers can access at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/961051.mspx