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End of support for Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dvk01, Feb 8, 2014.

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  1. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    There has been a lot of FUD, misinformation, general alarm and unnecessary panic about the demise of XP on 8 April 2014.
    The facts are very simple: That from that date Microsoft will not issue any new security patches or fix any newly discovered or previously discovered but not yet fixed bugs or exploits. Microsoft will continue to provide definitions updates to MSE and other Microsoft security programs for a further year.

    Just because support ends on 8 April does not mean that on 9th April you will automatically be infected. What is very likely to happen is that the malware developers ( who are in it for the money will therefore go for the easiest targets that give them the most response for the least amount of work. We are very sure that the bad guys have a store of 0 day exploits ready to release as soon as Microsoft stop fixing the reported bugs. Many of these won't be able to be blocked by an antivirus or firewall.

    XP is an inherently insecure operating system and it is almost impossible to totally secure it and still have good functionality in it. That is purely due to the age and the underlying structure. When XP was invented, security was an afterthought and we didn't have the problems with all the malware, Trojans, viruses and worms that do in this modern age.

    It would be very irresponsible if I or any one else here stated that you would be either safe for x period after support ends or that you would be immediately at risk. The truth is that the risk will be higher, but if you haven't already been compromised or infected while using XP, then just because support ends, it doesn't mean that you will be, although the risk is much higher. This blog post from Microsoft explains the risk of continuing to use XP. As you can see, the primary problem is that when a newly discovered vulnerability in a more modern OS is found, it is quite likely that the same vulnerability will affect XP and when the newer OS are patched, XP will not be patched so be much more at risk of infiltration. The other big risk is in commonly used add on software like Adobe PDF reader, Flash and Java. All of these have different versions that provide slightly different functionality on different OS. Although none of them have categorically stated that they won't update XP specific versions of their software, they are less likely to. Many software companies will take the opportunity to cut their costs by not having to provide a version of their software that works on such an old operating system and concentrate on more modern OS that allow them to provide more functionality, This will especially apply to games.

    The majority of computers that are running XP will be older computers that will be coming to the end of their useful life now. It is a matter of fact that hardware wears out and a 5, 6 or 7 year old computer and especially a 10 or 12 year old one, will be wearing out and parts hard to find and expensive to replace.

    I would strongly urge you to start making plans to update to a new more modern operating system at your earliest opportunity. That will mean Windows 7 or Windows 8 for the majority of people. I am not going to go into the debate about alternatives like Linux, Mac or chrome book/Android OS in this topic.
     
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    I seem to remember that when 7 came out, it was claimed that without first having installed Vista, 7 would be disfunctional.

    Hardware life depends on how hard and often the machine has been used, no? I find all of my machines in the trash. They take some tweaking, but for my purposes (research and eBay) they work like new. Some are tossed after the 3 year warranty expires. Some are 12 years old. I'll bet they have another 10 years if software doesn't become an issue. We'll see. I won't buy a new unit if the old ones still serve my needs. Anyway, the older ones are built better and look better than the junk currently on the market.

    George
     
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