Microsoft Security Essentials, the official Microsoft antivirus, will stop receiving new updates for XP on July 14, 2015.From that moment on, the last pillar of Microsoft security will fall apart.Staying with Windows XP is possible, but it can be risky if you don’t take precautions.
The quickest way to do this is to go to The latest version is Service Pack 3, which includes the last major package of updates that Microsoft released for XP.If something different appears, like Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, you need to update your system to avoid some of the worst viruses.Although Microsoft will no longer release new updates for XP, you can still download the old ones via Windows Update.Install all available updates through the control panel updates, including Service Packs 1, 2 and 3.Fortunately, there’s a lot that you, the XP user, can do to protect Windows against the dangers associated with a lack of support, namely viruses and attacks.
If you want to keep using Windows XP, you need to be willing to fix some things and fill some holes.
Migration, however, comes with drawbacks: you have to pay, you have to learn how to use a new system, and there are apps that’ll no longer work.
When the door’s been closed on upgrades and security patches, Windows XP presents a progressively greater risk to your system.
Windows XP is distributed with Internet Explorer 6, a browser that’s now unsafe and incompatible with most current web pages.
To find out which version of IE you’re using, go to the If you’re using IE 6.0, update immediately to Internet Explorer 8, the latest version that’s available for XP, which is far more secure and supports most websites (you can download it here).
The best free antivirus proved to be AVG, Avira and QIHOO 360.