the exact reason i am going open source OS now as well (linux).
I have been using Mozilla for years now and the-i-cant-be-bothered-with-you-little-petty-people-who-find-vulnerabilities attitude is what is going to drive M$ down teh drain.
There was a vulnerability found and left open for a very long time because they did not deem this vulnerability to be a vulnerability. This was probably exploited in the wild as well.
Microsoft, you left this open. I trust you, not so much anymore now that i am learning linux more and more, to fix this crap and when you slap us like that we will leave in droves.
I only use IE when i cannot use particular functions of firefox. For instance, i could not log into my ISP and pay my bill online prior to using this site since i have nearly all security add ons you can find and they tend to interfere with secure pages.
M$ does not care about yor data security. For me it started with the BHO in IE exploits that were driving me mad. Then came all the friggen virii. And now we have "bugs' left open for exploitation for years.
Yeah, i love you M$. Not.....hello linux.
While linux also has it problems they are not as widepread. I read, probably here, about a repository of one distro being infected not so long ago and it was not discovered for two years. But at least i do not have to worry about M$ virii anymore.
M$ has crippled my XP now to the point where i get DEP errors simply when i transfer an .avi from dvd to hdd. What used to take me 2 min now takes 9 and i cant have that. That is what really made the decision to go open source for me since now M$ are just plugging holes and they do not care about what it does to the OS since it is an old OS. Bollocks, I paid for it so fix it right the right way.