Internet Explorer Vulnerability Fix

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 7, 2009
Updated • Dec 9, 2014
Internet Explorer, Windows XP

Microsoft has released a security advisory about a vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control which can be exploited remotely in Internet Explorer.

The vulnerability advisory states that Microsoft is aware that attackers are trying to exploit the vulnerability which means that users of the browser may be exposed to attacks when they use it on the Internet.

Internet Explorer users are therefor advised to fix the vulnerability as soon as possible to prevent possible attacks on their computer system.

The security vulnerability affects only Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems. Computer systems running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or Windows 7 are not affected because "the ability to pass data to this control within Internet Explorer" is restricted in these operating systems.

The fastest way to patch the security vulnerability is to use the Microsoft Fix It script that will perform all the actions of the workaround automatically. The fix will basically remove support for the ActiveX Control in Internet Explorer. This should not have any impact on the web browser's functionality according to Microsoft.

Update: Microsoft has released a security bulletin that addresses the vulnerability. Users who run operating systems affected by it should install the update to protect it from harm.

This can be done by using Windows Update to do so or by downloading the patch files manually from Microsoft instead.

Additional information about the vulnerability, affected operating systems and ways to patch the system are available on the Microsoft Technet website.

As Microsoft stated previously, only CP and Server 2003 and older operating systems are affected by the issue while all newer versions of Windows are not.


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  1. Lobo Schmidt said on April 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    That’s a nice tip and a good thing to learn.

    But you can also use the Unlocker (a freeware that I learn about here, thanks again) to do this tip and a lot of another ones:

  2. Martin said on April 28, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Yes Iam using Unlocker but if you watch lots of Avi movies its simply to much work to always select unlocker to unlock the avi.

    With the tip you can delete it immediatly. I´am using unlocker for other files though ;)

  3. paul said on May 6, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    can this FIX also help with MP3 files? i had a problem with “getpopupinfo.exe” from dbpoweramp not allowing me to delete a an MP3 file. i used WHOLOCKME to see what was blocking it and it said getpopupinfo.exe. i used 3 programs (incluing MS tasks option) to close the getpopupinfo.exe program but it kept reappearing. supposedly i have to change a DBP option, but was unable to even get there ( i ended up uninstalling DBP.

  4. john said on January 18, 2008 at 6:32 am

    thanx for the tip. i just wish i would have read this before purchasing a regcare program that didn’t work.

  5. Rohit said on December 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Or u could just close the directory where the file is, go to dos mode (CMD.exe) and delete file from there….saves u from accidentally messing up your registry

  6. Anonymous said on June 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    How comes that Microsoft don’t want to fix that problem them self? It should be their responsibility…

  7. Markus said on August 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks! I tried all kinds of other things that people suggested, and this finally worked.

  8. RyAn said on November 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

    rename it to a .csv

    open with excel

    delete everything

    save the csv

    close excel

    delete the csv


  9. Parminder said on June 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks, it really helped my problem

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