In the case of this latest news item “IE Plagued by ‘Extremely Critical’ Flaws“, the last two statements stood out for me:
Security firm Secunia has released an advisory warning that the holes are “extremely critical” and recommends users dump IE and use an alternative browser.
“Although hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on securing SP2, perfection is impossible. Through the joint effort of Michael Evanchik and Paul from Greyhats Security a very critical vulnerability has been developed that can compromise a user’s system without the need for user interaction besides visiting the malicious page,” Secunia warned in a statement.
The fact that Microsoft won’t support the older Windows operating systems should be enough to steer people from actually using Internet Explorer. Should people have to upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 just to fix a few IE holes? Forking over so much cash just to plug a handful of flaws doesn’t seem right, in my opinion. If you don’t need any user interaction other than visiting a webpage to have your system compromised, that’s scary enough.
If I were you, give Firefox a shot. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to download and install Firefox, but if you need any help, Mozilla wrote a quick guide on switching from IE to Firefox.