Disable Your VML Rendering NOW
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- Written on: September 23rd, 2006
On September 12, 2006 a new security vulnerability was discovered in Internet Explorer that was confirmed by Microsoft Security Advisory (925568). This vulnerability has been used by websites to take control of a user’s computer. Microsoft has stated that they will not release a patch for the VML rendering security vulnerability until October 10, 2006. This security problem affects all Windows users from Windows 98 to Windows XP, even if you use a browser other than Internet Explorer.
The only way to protect your system at the present time is to completely disable VML rendering in your Internet Explorer browser.
We have created a small utility that easily turns your VML rendering on or off. If you use this utility to turn off VML rendering, the utility will automatically re-enable it on October 11, 2006 – the day after Microsoft’s expected patch release. This is accomplished by adding a start-up item that checks the current date each time your computer is booted. After October 11, 2006 the start-up item is automatically removed.
If you use the Schrock utility to disable your VML rendering you may notice that some pages (like Google Maps) will not display their graphics properly. As a work around for this, our utility will also prompt you to install the free Mozilla Firefox web browser unless you have done so already. Firefox works almost the same as Internet Explorer, but it is not affected by this security problem. We recommend users temporarily switch to FireFox until Microsoft releases an official patch for this problem.
You can download the utility at: Disable VML Rendering Utility
*Note* This utility requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP and the .Net Framework 2.0 (available from Windows Update)
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