Millions must stop using Internet Explorer forever this week or risk a dangerous attack

MICROSOFT is putting the final nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin this week, meaning everyone has to look elsewhere if they want to avoid nasty cyberattacks.

The tech giant shut down the 27-year-old app for good on Wednesday.

Internet Explorer has been around since 1995


Internet Explorer has been around since 1995Credit: Alamy

Internet Explorer is a far cry from its heyday in the 90’s and early 00’s when it was the most popular web browser out there.

More recently, it is attacked by newcomers such as Google Chrome and Firefox.

The company has already tried to move away from Internet Explorer and in 2015 came up with a new app Edge.

So if you’re still using the old software after all this time, you’ll have to switch, because Microsoft will no longer provide you with patches from Wednesday to keep hackers away.

“The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge,” the company said.

“Microsoft Edge not only offers a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but is also able to address a key concern: compatibility with older, outdated websites and applications.

“Whereas Internet Explorer 11 packaged monthly security updates, Microsoft Edge can release security patches for immediate vulnerabilities in days, if not hours.”

According to Stat Counter, Internet Explorer still has a 0.65 percent market share.

Edge doesn’t fare much better at 3.99 percent.

Firefox is just behind with 3.26 percent.

With the help of iPhones in particular, Safari occupies the second most popular spot at 19.01 percent.

However, the leader is Google Chrome with a whopping 64.95 percent.

Microsoft wants people to jump to Edge instead


Microsoft wants people to jump to Edge insteadPhoto credit: Getty
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