Microsoft is due to issue a patch to fix a security flaw believed to have affected as many as 10,000 websites.
The emergency patch should be available from 1800 GMT on 17 December, Microsoft has said.
The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal passwords.
Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of computer users and the flaw could affect all versions of it.
So far the vulnerability has affected only machines running Internet Explorer 7.
“Microsoft teams worldwide have been working around the clock to develop a security update to help protect our customers,” the software firm said in a statement.
“Until the update is available, Microsoft strongly encourages customers to follow the Protect Your Computer Guidance at http://www.microsoft.com/protect, which includes activating the Automatic Update setting in Windows to ensure that they receive the update as soon as it is available,” the statement read.
Update your IE asap or switch other browsers. Although I am not a fans of IE but i will still download the patch to update it. Currently i am using Firefox, it is whole lot better than IE.