Microsoft: IE8 Batted Away 1 Billion Malware Downloads

Paul Lilly

In a recent blog post , Microsoft bragged that its Internet Explorer 8 browser has blocked 1 billion attempts to download malware thanks to its SmartScreen Filter, which tattles on potentially dangerous websites and downloads websites by turning the browser red.

"Social engineering attacks like malware are a growing threat on at the Internet and are one of the most common risks to people's safety online," Microsoft wrote. "We introduced malware protection in Internet Explorer 8 as part of the SmartScreen Filter and have talked about it on the Windows Experience Blog a couple of times over the last year."

According to Microsoft, this milestone was made possible by continually investing in its back end service ever since IE8 launched back in March 2009.

"It's this investment that has kept us at the top of the socially engineering malware charts according to NSS Labs and has helped our customers stay safe online," Microsoft added.

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