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Use Internet Explorer? Download Microsoft's update ASAP.

Microsoft released a patch Thursday that fixes a vulnerability that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Build conference in San Francisco earlier this month. Microsoft is discontinuing support for its Windows XP operating system.


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Microsoft is releasing a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.

The update will go live at 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday.

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Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said in a statement that the company decided to fix the problem quickly for all customers, saying it takes the security of its products "incredibly seriously."

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Microsoft reported the problem Saturday, saying it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" and that the vulnerability affected Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11

The company said users with automatic updates enabled don't need to take any action.