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By Marcia Breen

If you use Internet Explorer as your web browser, you may want to take a look at which version you’re using. Microsoft is pulling the plug on Internet Explorer 8,9 or 10 and will no longer offer support for them.

Microsoft is all set to retire Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, and starting January 12, the company is urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge browser.

It’s been a long time coming, but after a decade of supporting products that were way past their expiration dates like Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft has decided it’s not messing around anymore. It’s now heavily enforcing end-of-life dates for its products. Now versions 8,9 and 10 of Internet Explorer are on the chopping block.

No more support means Microsoft will no longer release security updates and patches for those versions of IE. So, if you’re running one of those versions on your operating system, you will be wide open to any flaws that hackers find in the future.

So, what should you do if you have one of those versions? Microsoft points out that for now, version 11 will continue receiving security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. So, you could upgrade to version 11 or you can try the company’s replacement for Internet Explorer called Microsoft Edge.

If you aren't sure what version of IE you're using, open it up and click the gear icon in the upper-right corner. Then select "About Internet Explorer" and it will tell you the version. If you don't see a gear icon, then you have a very old version of Internet Explorer installed.