AVG Technologies NV of Amsterdam announced this week version 8.0 of its security software has blocked 5,000 hacking attempts by miscreants exploiting a bug in the data binding features of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

AVG version 8.0 includes real-time Web exploit detection capability. The software also includes anti-virus, a firewall, anti rootkit and LinkScanner, which is designed to protect users from malicious Web sites.

The IE7 flaw, which exposes users to malware just by visiting a malicious site, was first brought to light by a Chinese security team, Knownsec. Microsoft later announced it affects earlier versions of its IE browser.

AVG said its software analyzes Web sites when users are about to visit them.

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