Microsoft is speeding up a plan for a security update after hackers from around the world tap into Internet Explorer.
Microsoft users are scrambling to make sure they have the latest anti-virus software. This comes after reports of attacks exploiting a vulnerability in the way Microsoft Windows handles animated cursor files.
The attack happens when a user visits a website that contains a web page used to exploit the vulnerability or when someone views a specifically created email message or email attachment sent to them by an attacker.
"It is an issue and it's usually a game of cat and mouse in that the software developers are busy trying to write patches for their software to update and fix those problems while the hackers and attackers are constantly trying to find ways into their programs through these vulnerabilities," said Brandon Vincent, with Network Security at Western Kentucky University.
The patch is being made available to download manually Tuesday, April 3, 2007, only one week earlier than scheduled.
Consumers who have Microsoft automatic update feature turned on will get the patch automatically.