If you’re still using Microsoft’s Internet explorer (any version) ,then this news (update)  is for you. Microsoft issued a patch (MS10-002 ) to close a security hole in Internet Explorer linked to the recent attacks on Google and other companies.

The update addresses eight vulnerabilities in IE, the patch -KB978207 was released worldwide at 1000 PST.This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Internet Explorer (versions 5.01 to 8).

Although Microsoft scheduled this patch to Feb 9 (2010), but it rushed to release the patch, as French, German and Australian governments advised their citizens to switch to a different browser until the hole had been closed.

Jerry Bryant, senior security program manager at Microsoft  in a blog post said that, Microsoft has known about the hole for at least four months and they planned for release of  a patch on the next scheduled Patch Tuesday (February 9).

Microsoft continues to emphasizes that only IE 6 can get taken out by the exploit and recommends upgrading to the newer IE 8, , regardless of patching.

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Download MS10-002 patch
You can get this patch from Microsoft automatic updating service or you can Download it from here

But for this patch memory size (7.7 MB)  you can get  a more a secure browser Firefox 3.6 here.