No More Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP Users After April 8th
If you’re searching for ways to keep your Windows XP machine safe after Microsoft pulls the plug on support this year, don’t expect to be able to rely on Microsoft Security Essentials for protection.
Microsoft plans to not only stop issuing updates to Microsoft Security Essentials after April 8th, 2014, but remove the option to download it on Windows XP machines.
That means that come April, Windows XP users will stop receiving free system updates – including Microsoft Security Essentials updates – from Microsoft, have to look elsewhere for technical support, and won’t be able to count on Microsoft’s own anti-malware software to keep their system safe.
It seems that Microsoft is serious to get people to stop using Windows XP, but NetMarketShare’s worldwide operating system usage numbers still show 29% of PCs are still running the 13-year old OS.
Hopefully those straggling Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7/8 before XP support ends, or else they’ll be a part of the cybercriminal hacking frenzy expected to kick off once Microsoft cuts off support.
FYI: If you’re not sure whether or not your computer can handle the latest version of Windows, you can use Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements.
Do you have any personal or office computers running Windows XP? Do you plan on upgrading or replacing those machines before support runs out?