In a recent SearchWin2000.com survey of nearly 600 IT professionals, respondents were extremely divided on whether to stick with Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the wake of the Scob (Download.Ject) Internet attacks. The survey found that 39% planned to dump IE, 35% said they would keep using it and 24% favored using IE and some other browser.
Readers who e-mailed us or posted messages in our Sound Off forum were equally split on the issue.
Following is a sampling of reader opinions. Enjoy!
There will be times when I'll use Netscape, but they sure didn't make it easy, simple, or appealing. As Julia Roberts said to the shopkeeper in Pretty Woman "big mistake, big - huge mistake!" -K.F, CA
Well I deleted old and extracted new urlmon.dll, even in safe mode. Short of reinstalling WinXP Pro, I have tried everything. Now I'm stuck with Netscape. I don't like it. Any suggestions? -E.C.
But the big problem is us as honest users of computers and the internet do nothing wrong. it would be a better to arm the honest person with the tools to track the spammers and the Pc's that are sending out this rubbish. -W.K.
Until now, I felt that was harmless.
Now, I have promoted Firefox 0.92 to my primary browser and will use it until I see something break the other way. Explorer as the defacto standard can only be unseated by the momentum of change and security issues certainly should cause change to happen. -G.S.
In addition, Microsoft has released a Knowledge Base article, 870669, that provides information that administrators can use to implement this change manually in their environment and to deploy the change across their networks. This Knowledge Base article is available here:
Customers are advised to review the information in the Knowledge Base article, test and deploy the change immediately in their environments, if applicable. -C.W.