Microsoft has developed a fix for an Internet Explorer security issue that allowed hackers to attack some usersâ€™ computers.
The company released on Wednesday night a â€œFix Itâ€ download to address the issue and protect against hacks. In the meantime, Microsoft said it also plans to roll out a full Internet Explorer update that â€œwill not only reinforce the issue that the Fix It addressed, but cover other issues as well.â€
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Internet Explorer had been hit with a zero-day exploit, which takes advantage of a security hole within websites to carry out attacks. This means that anyone using IE to visit a website that has malicious links could have their computer hacked.
â€œWhile the vast majority of people are not impacted by this issue, today Microsoft provided a temporary fix that can be downloaded with one easy click and offers immediate protection,â€ Microsoft spokesperson Yunsun Wee said in a statement. â€œWe will also provide a permanent solution for customers that will be automatically enabled on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.â€
Until recently, Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser used worldwide. According to StatCounter, Chrome surpassed Internet Explorer as the most popular browser around the world in May 2012.