Security concerns growing for Windows XP

Microsoft has announced it will stop providing updates for its aging Window XP operating system on April 8, which is potentially bad news for the 500 million-or-so people around the world who still use the 12-year-old software.

The biggest worry is security. With Microsoft no longer patching the software’s vulnerabilities, experts fear, cyber crooks will have an easier time victimizing anyone whose computer runs Windows XP.

That’s a particular concern because several antivirus software makers have said they plan to stop providing security for the product after April 8.

At least one antivirus firm, Avira, said Wednesday that it will continue to block malware targeting Windows XP, once Microsoft stops updating it. But Avira warned that “the best way to stay away from troubles is to have up-to-date software.” So its advice: “migrate from XP as soon as possible.”

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  • Tony Lawrence

    XP users on a budget and can’t buy new computers or update to Windows 7 or 8 might consider using Linux Lite or another Linux distro. Their free. Fast and easy too use.

    • areunuts

      linux is worthless…. only you moron 2%’s use it and no good software work on it

      • Tony Lawrence

        I know, right. I believe its being used on the International space station. Our country uses it as in the Air Force (look it up) Its used in Brazil, China. The French government switched to Ubuntu. I guess their all morons.

        • Don’t Mention the War!

          So…what you’re saying is that it’s only good for techno-geeks and high-end government use. I doubt the “good software” which “areunuts” mentioned would be Air Force stuff or government stuff. He probably means down-to-earth, user friendly, no command line software.

          • Josh Schmid

            Have any of you naysayers actually used Linux? For basic applications, Linux can be very user friendly. There are ways to make Linux emulate Windows and work around the name-brand software (or in some cases, lack of) available. Linux can run, which performs most functions of Microsoft Office at no cost. There’s a lot of other freeware available, also. For most business applications, Linux works fine. Almost anything that can be done on a Windows or Mac OS can be done on Linux.

          • Jimbo99

            The command line argument against Linux is a myth and has been for quite some time. For most folks, Linux would rarely ever require you to use the command line to type code into the terminal session. And a quick google gives you a step by step guide.

      • Jimbo99

        LOL, must be an Apple or Windows user. Hey, if anyone that bothers to read this is using Android on their smartphone, you are using Linux. Yep, has to be worthless, right ?

        • ChinaMarine

          Android is a big steaming pile of crap… Mac and IOS are 100X better than Android… (I won’t even mention Windows, which has some many security holes, they could release patches for the 100 years, and still not fix it)

          BTW: If you didn’t know, the only thing Android and Linux share is a very very minimal skeleton of a Kernel… Aside from that, Mac OS has more in common with the common linux distributions of today… From Life long Linux Programmer!

          • Jimbo99

            The kernel is the heart of it all, how Google forked from that is their choice of developing their flavor of it. It’s open source and if that’s what any brand of Android chose as it’s own customized interface, still doesn’t change the fact that the Linux kernel is at the heart of it all. If Google had chosen to, they could have just as easily taken the base kernel of FreeBSD Unix or even GhostBSD or PCBSD just the same ? Heck Ubuntu has even developed an OS version for smartphones.

  • Joseph Upton

    I will always keep XP around for offline use. But I don’t use it online anymore.

    • Jimbo99

      That’s my suggestion, I don’t even like Windows 7 to be able to access the internet for anything beyond the Microsoft webpage for updates. Let Linux go on-line.

  • Thomas

    This is the best news ever! Another archaic MS OS to bite the dust. Totally user unfriendly and buggy. I can’t imagine having more security issues than what it has been. Now, it’s time for yet another lousy MS OS 7 & 8 to linger for the next decade.

    • areunuts

      user unfriendly… buggy…. have you even used it before? I think you are a fukivng moron

  • Jack Foreigner

    THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW that software companies still in business keep supporting and updating their products if there still exists an installed user base of, say, 10% or so of total sales…dammit!!

    Windows 7 is good by me, but I also still have Windows XP and Windows 95 machines!!!

    • areunuts

      One of the dumbest posts ever

      • Jack Foreigner

        What’s dumb is accepting the present state of affairs where no one’s responsible for anything, moron!

        Companies used to have to stand behind their products…now with short-sighted Ayn Rand libertarians nut-jobs like yourself, only the consumer is responsible, not corporations. Yeah, that’s really smart, you azz!

        • Thomas

          areunuts, you should find another less interactive site to post your dumb posts to. You obviously don’t respect others opinions and DON”T HAVE MUCH TO ADD EITHER, and therefore
          u don’t belong in a social intelligent site like siliconbeat. So, why don’t u just beat it!

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  • Josh Schmid

    Microsoft first announced this years ago. Every other software manufacturer does this (often after only a couple of years), so why should Microsoft be subject to different rules? You can’t update an iPhone after 3-4 years past its initial release. XP has been out there for nearly 13 years. There has been a replacement of some form for nearly 7 years, and Windows 7 was released over 4 years ago. XP is 3 (or if you count 8.1, 4) versions behind the most recent OS. It’s time for a change.

    • Jack Foreigner

      That’s why there should be a law mandating that companies keep support and updating their software if there’s still a user base of 10% (15, whatever)…why do so many people complain about being forced to get health insurance but have no problems being forced to upgrade and abandon their software????

  • dlwatib

    It’s ridiculous that for it’s entire service life Microsoft has been issuing monthly “critical security updates”. Why couldn’t they go over the entire operating system with a fine-toothed comb and get all the “critical security” bugs out in the first year? Meanwhile all these updates got the system so bogged down that you can’t use it unless you upgrade your system anyway.

    • Jack Foreigner

      Companies are not regarded as being responsible anymore, neither by the government nor, surprisingly, most consumers. Another problem is that no one takes craftsmanship seriously anymore — again, not even most consumers. Even more troublesome, it could be that software design, as many claim, has really become just too complicated, with millions of lines of code and no one person ever actually vetting all of it — imagine reading millions of sentences of a single multi-volume novel, never mind millions of mathematical equations, which is what programming code is pretty much like!

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