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Can I Buy My Own Security For XP?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Nina from Pocono Mts, Pennsylvania writes:

I have Windows XP, since Microsoft will no longer secure it’s safety, can I buy my own, like in Norton, etc & will that give me the protection I need to run my PC? Thanks.

First of all Nina, I just have to give a shout-out to the beautiful Pocono Mountains (I went there on my honeymoon back in the 90s) before I start shouting out something that I’ve been shouting for a few months.

Companies like Norton, AVG or McAfee have said that they can’t guarantee the security of Windows XP after Microsoft ceases support. They get their Windows XP Security updates from Microsoft. Companies like AVG may identify viruses or malware, but only Microsoft has the information it takes to get into XP on the basic level and make permanent changes to protect against these threats. The company then shares these updates with third-party security providers.

Still a lot of people just don’t believe me on that one. Take JJM who commented: “Responsive security companies (McAfee, etc) will continue to provide solutions for several millions of XP diehards.’ The FREE MS Security Essentials may not provide protective measures but others will.”

Check out this post on McAfee’s Security Forum from a moderator:

“Microsoft Support ends on 8 April, 2014 for XP and Office 2003 meaning no more Microsoft Windows security updates, therefore those systems are considered dangerous to keep using after that date.

McAfee will cease supporting the consumer products (& Enterprise too) in XP & Office 2003 as follows.”

So, the answer is no, you can’t depend on  third-party security protection to keep your system safe after April 2014.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Can I Buy My Own Security For XP?”

  1. Marie Susa says:


    RE: Dell Dimension DXP051, Intel(R), Pentium(R)D CPU 2.80GHz
    2.79 GHz, 512 MB of RAM 3/25/2010 2.00 GB of RAM, Windows XP

    I did find out that my Dell computer can be upgraded to Windows 7. It is compatible to Windows 7.

    I’ve been very happy running Word 2002 in Windows XP Service Pack 3 on my Dell DXPO51. I am about to buy Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit to upgrade my Dell desktop before April 2014.

    I have some styles and macros in Word 2002 that I’d like to be able to use on the new computer. I also want to avoid as much as possible any time on a learning curve with respect to commands, etc. So I’d like to install Word 2002 on the computer. I’ve looked in this forum and elsewhere, and can’t find a definitive answer, so I thought I’d ask again:

    1. Will Word 2002 work on my Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit computer?
    2. Would it be advisable to install it in compatibility mode?
    3. Will Word 2002 styles work in Windows 7?
    4. Word 2002 Macros?

    If I need to get a new version of Word, I’d like to avoid Word 10, since it apparently is very different from Word 2002 insofar as commands, etc. So my last question is:

    5. Which version of Word is closest to Word 2002 in commands, etc that will still work ok in Windows 7?

    Thanks for any advice!

  2. Roy Leggett says:

    I loaded word 2002 on my windows 7 but found out that “Open Office”, a free down load works about like word 2002. Give it a try and see if you like it. If not it is easy to remove in Control Panel. Good luck

  3. Jim Sharp says:

    I am sure that a great number of XP users could do as I intend to. I will re-install a clean copy of XP & updates plus all the faithful old programmes that I use with it onto my desktop. Then make an Image (plus backup copies). When the time comes I will remove the internet connection (pull the plug, turn off the wifi) & use my laptop with Win7 for internet stuff. With a little care & use of free anti-virus & anti-malware progs data can easily be transferred between the 2 PCs on flash drives. There may well be compatibility problems but there are usually workarounds that can be found.
    I, & I am sure many other XP users, would greatly appreciate an article on the pros & cons of doing this. I am no “Techie” just a long established user, & without some help I am sure I will make some blunders along the way. I hate the throw-away attitude and would welcome any advice that would allow me to continue getting my moneys-worth from the programmes & equipment that I have become accustomed to.
    Please excuse the rant (put it down to age [quite old]) & how about a few chapters of your expertise. Always live in hope! Jim Sharp from Bexley, Kent, UK.

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