Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware

The Internet
Explorer 9 beta
protects against 99 percent of “socially engineered malware,”
according to independent researcher NSS Labs.

What is socially engineered malware?

Cybercriminals use socially
engineered malware
to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs,
socially engineered malware describes any link that leads to malicious websites
or downloads that could harm your computer.

Research shows that these links
appear on popular websites and services such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
as cybercriminals are increasingly taking advantage of people’s trust in these

How Internet Explorer 9 protects against socially engineered malware

NSS Labs says that the success of
Internet Explorer in blocking this kind of malware can be credited to SmartScreen
URL filtering
(included in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9) and
SmartScreen application reputation (new to Internet Explorer 9).

Here’s how Internet Explorer 9
stacks up against other web browsers when it comes to blocking this kind of


Internet Explorer 9.

the report from NSS Labs.



About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Is this a marketing gimmick to sell your consumers more applications?  If Microsoft were really interested, these applications would be automatically offered and downloaded.

  2. Anonymous

    well done—thanks for the update Microsoft team

    Paul Kirby


  3. Anonymous

    I have windows 7. Will Explorer 9 give me problems?

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