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Microsoft cancels Security Essentials for Windows XP


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Windows.MIcrosoft.com > Support is ending soon

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.


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So what should I do to protect my windows xp?
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No matter what you do, XP still wouldn't be safe. Here's why:

Fred Langa - Windows Secrets Newsletter • Issue 415 • 2014-01-09

In Microsoft's parlance, "end of life" means that the company will no longer write and issue security patches for XP. Many of those patches fix newly revealed vulnerabilities within the operating system itself. But after XP's EOL, any unpatched security holes will go unfixed. (See Microsoft's explanation; the April EOL also applies to Office 2003.)

You might think that all the major holes in XP have surely been found and patched by now! After all, XP's been out for 12 years.

Sadly, that's purely wishful thinking. As of September's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft had released, just in 2013, more than 80 system-level patches and updates specifically for XP — plus dozens of additional patches for XP-related ancillary software such as Microsoft Security Essentials!

You can see for yourself. Open Windows Update on your XP system and click the Review your update history link (in the window's left column, typically under Options). Note how many new patches there are — even 12 years into the game!

Despite extensive patching, XP is still far from perfect. Given its age and the number of XP systems still in use, the OS will remain an attractive target, possibly for years to come. In other words, when Microsoft stops writing patches for XP, it'll be open season for hackers.

Using good third-party apps and tools such as fully current browsers and anti-malware software will help keep you safe — but only up to a point. They'll do little or nothing to correct fundamental vulnerabilities in the base operating system.

There's also declining third-party support for XP. Few mainstream software vendors will continue investing in a dying market — even if that market is still huge. Moreover, the quantity of tools designed for XP is in sharp decline, a trend that will only accelerate.

There's no way to avoid the inevitable: after next April, XP will be far less safe than any of the more modern Windows versions. XP was truly great, but its day is done.


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Here's what they're saying now:

Microsoft.com > Support is ending for Windows XP

... after April 8, 2014 ... Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP ...

(If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.)
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A question: after Microsoft stops technical assistance, automatic updates, and Security Essentials for Windows XP April 8, will it still be possible to install XP SP1 from an original MS disk and then manually upgrade it to SP3 at microsoft.com?
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Yes.
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