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Microsoft has released a patch for the Internet Explorer vulnerability (May 2014).  The update has been tested by the security team and we are deploying the patch to university systems.  This patch is critical for all Windows IE users.  If you have automatic updating enabled, the patch will be downloaded and installed automatically.  For users who have not enabled automatic updating, we recommend that you apply the update immediately by clicking the "Check for Updates" button on the Windows Update bar in the Control Panel (you will need to reboot your system).


University IT recommends taking these precautions on Windows computers:

  1. Limit your use of the Windows IE browser to websites hosted by the University or websites used for official University business. Where possible, use Chrome or Firefox as an alternative browser until Microsoft releases an official patch.
  2. Ensure your computer is running up-to-date antivirus software. The University provides Sophos Antivirus for free to faculty, staff, and students.
  3. Upgrade your computer to Windows 7 or 8. Upgrades are available for purchase through University IT Computer Sales.
  4. Be on the lookout for suspicious and unsolicited emails that request you click on a link.
  5. Report anything suspicious to the IT Help Desk at 275-2000.

For assistance, contact your local IT support administrator or the IT Help Desk at 275-2000.

Use an Alternate Browser

Choose an alternate browser from the options below and install it on your computer. Once it is installed, set it to be your default browser and import your bookmarks from Internet Explorer. NOTE: You will be leaving the UR website and visiting the vendor website(s) to download the browser(s) below.

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Download Firefox
How to install Firefox on Windows
How to make Firefox your default browser
How to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer

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Download Chrome
How to install Chrome on Windows
How to make Chrome your default browser
How to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer

Use Antivirus Software

The University of Rochester provides free Sophos Antivirus software to all University faculty, staff, and students. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

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Download Sophos Antivirus