Microsoft To Stop Delivering Anti-Virus Updates Via Security Essentials To Windows XP Users From April 6th

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials.

There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving signature updates on that date and will also be removed for download.

In contrast to Microsoft, Google has announced that it will support Google Chrome on Windows XP users until 2014.

Source: Ars Technica

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  • Charlotte

    Today I wiped my machine and installed Ubuntu 13.10, really easy to install. All I do is surf the web (ebay/amazon & youtube mostly), email and listen to music, type the odd doc and a few spreadsheets for my accountant. My computer runs alot faster now and have saved a fortune on buying a new computer (plus one amazing bonus was it came with integrated cloud backup – 5gb free !!! which is more than I will ever use). I tried windows 8 many times, but simply found it baffling beyond words. These will be challenging times ahead for Microsoft.

    • Asgard

      How you try an OS “many times”? You bought Windows 8, went back to 7, installed again, went back to 7 and so on? How you saved money if you bought it? If you didn’t, “many times” means you tried store machines or friend’s machines with Windows 8 for 15 minutes at a time?

      Sorry, just cant understand how someone who can find mobilefirstnetwork.com cant learn to use Windows 8 or cant tweak it to run like Windows 7. I always suspect how legitimate these stories are, especially if they contain things that doesnt make any sense.

      • DavidBarrett

        “How you try an OS “many times”? “………maybe he went to many stores and tried many computers/laptops on display running Windows 8, and repeated this process many times,??? I know a few people who went to Linux Mint and loved it, said it was super fast. So I find these stories easy to believe, esp as I f*****g hate the sight of windows 8. I have used EVERY windows from 3.11, but 7 will be my last. Have built a dual boot hackintosh/Ubuntu machine and LOVE it. Microsoft have lost the plot and cutting off stuff like this essentials security because of a date and not a tech limit pisses people off.

        • Asgard

          Exactly. Thanks for proving all my points. You have to spend a month with it to get used to it. And what comes to common people… It is MUCH bigger jump to dualboot hackintosh/Ubuntu fork than from W7 to W8 or even XP to W8. Power users like you are certainly not representing the majority of users. But they are sure easily scared off from even trying by people like you.

    • Jeff Hung

      I tried different Linux distros many times. Yes, I agree that 5GB of cloud backup is quite enough for Linux. Because in my case, I have never been able to accumulate more than 5G of personal data in my disk before wiping the half-baked OS out and turning back to something I can do real work on.

      • DavidBarrett

        I know you might find it hard to believe but this site is hosted on a Linux (A custom Debian distro) server using open source goodies such as Apache and WordPress. You see you use Linux all the time without realising it, but reading the drivel you typed above, I can see your point about your problems with productivity. Please think before you type as you look foolish.

        • Jeff Hung

          A: I need a sedan to do my work.
          B: How dare you saying you can’t use a semi-tractor to do your work? Do you know all of your living essentials are hauled by semi-tractors. Without semi-tractors you don’t have anything to live! You sort of use semi-tractor all the time without realizing it!
          A: So what? Do you mean I should commute by a semi-tractor?

        • Jeff Hung

          A: I need a sedan to do my work.
          B: How dare you saying you can’t use a semi-tractor to do your work? Do you know all of your living essentials are hauled by semi-tractors. Without semi-tractors you don’t have anything to live! You sort of use semi-tractor all the time without realizing it!
          A: So what? Do you mean I should commute by a semi-tractor?

    • http://www.robertwigley.com/ Robert Wigley

      Agree with the other two comments. Go away Troll!

  • http://www.robertwigley.com/ Robert Wigley

    “In contrast to Microsoft, Google has announced that it will support Google Chrome on Windows XP users until 2014.”

    It is 2014! Something is wrong with this statement? End of 2014 maybe?

    • Tips_y

      I wondered about that statement too… for a sec it actually made me mistakenly think I was in 2013 not 2014.