Are You Ready For A Patch Tuesday With A Difference?

If you weren’t already aware, software giant Microsoft typically releases security updates for their Windows operating system on the second Tuesday of every month – an event that has come to be known as ‘Patch Tuesday’.


This month, however, there is an altogether different event occurring on the the first Tuesday of the month – tomorrow.

In response to a long-running case around the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows, Microsoft will be offering users the opportunity to change their browser.

If you have Internet Explorer set as your default browser, and have Windows Automatic Update switched on, then you will receive a popup box letting you know that you have an important decision to make.

Some people may be concerned that the popup is malware but it most certainly is not.

If you are one of those people who use IE, and around 60% of you do, then you will be offered the chance of changing your browser to one of the following –

  • Avant
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Flock
  • Green Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • K-meleon
  • Maxthon
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Sleipnir
  • Slim

When you see the popup you will be offered more information on each of the browsers and can choose to change there and then or delay your decision which will put a shortcut on your desktop, allowing you to revisit the choices at a later date.

If you don’t have Windows Automatic update switched on then you can go to the Windows Update site and run a ‘Check For Updates’ in order to acquire it.

If you already use an alternative browser by default then you will not see the popup box.

All this leaves me wondering which browser you use? (I mainly use Firefox)

If you use Internet Explorer will this prompt you to change and, if so, why, and which browser will you choose to replace it?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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