May 30, 2014 (Newswire.com) - After supporting Windows XP for the past 12 years Microsoft has decided to put the kabash on XP, they are focusing on newer technologies and leaving the old behind. This means that Windows XP will no longer be receiving support or updates from Microsoft. This means that if you are running Windows XP you will be risking security breaches to your computer and network. Microsoft will also stop allowing Microsoft Security Essentials to be downloaded on Windows XP computers.
Microsoft Security Essentials is an anti-malware software that is used on many Windows computers. According to experts you should upgrade from Windows XP right now if at all possible, however not everyone can cut the XP cord immediately. If you cannot upgrade to Windows 7 and you need to stay at XP, there are still some things you can do to protect yourself. But keep in mind these tricks are like sticking your finger in a leaking dam. After Microsoft stopped releasing the security updates there is a good chance that your antivirus may not be able to stop malware attacks exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities. According to a recent report from Avast's chief operations officer Ondrej Vlcek, computer systems with users that choose to stay with Windows XP systems will be "six times" more likely to be hacked by third parties than those running Windows 7.
Upgrading Is Still Highly Recommended
Although experts warn that you should upgrade from Windows XP right now if at all possible, not everyone can cut the XP cord immediately.
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