Rule #1 of the internet is that you never, ever download an application that a web-site says you should, such as those pop-ups that say your computer has been infected with a virus.
That's social engineering. The claims here are that IE9 is the best at blocking a socially engineered application after you've clicked the "Yes" button to have such an application "scan your computer for viruses".
So, the "New and Improved" IE9 is supposed to save stupid people from themselves.
Correct. That’s the tough thing MS has to fix. They can’t hide behind low number of users to keep from being socially engineered. Max OSX had the luxury of hiding for years, but now they are more popular so they too are getting attacked. The dumb user is the biggest problem, but the dumb user only hears Mac is secure that virus won’t run on a Mac. So they buy a mac and they have the same issue.
To protect their market Microsoft HAS to protect the dumb user from themselves. Me I never had an issue with IE and Windows, but then again I’m not a dumb user. But I’ve had many dumb users ask me to fix their stuff.