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If I Remove Browsers, Can I Keep XP?

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

Vivienne writes:

I’m another XP Professional user and have a Windows 8 laptop also.  If I take the internet browsers off my XP — can I still use it for Photos (including using Paint), Music (including the Media Player), and Documents (including Word).  Here’s hoping!

As long as your computer is not connected to the Internet, you should be all right. Microsoft will cease security support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and after that date, you just can’t guarantee the safety of XP online. But no e-mails, no updates, no downloads, no nuthin online, okay? Downloading photos from a camera should be fine, but be wary of things that come from other sources.

You don’t want to accidentally transfer a virus to your XP computer from another source. But for creating documents that you plant to print and listening to music, it should be fine.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “If I Remove Browsers, Can I Keep XP?”

  1. Faith says:

    Rather than taking the browsers off the computer, your better option is making sure it’s not internet connected – unplug any wired computer connection to that computer & turn off any wi-fi connections if your XP computer has wi-fi. That totally protects it…removing the browsers (if XP will even let you do so totally) just keeps browsers from going online – it doesn’t stop other programs & it doesn’t keep others from tunneling in if they find a way to do so.

  2. Bob Cerovich says:

    “you just can’t guarantee the safety of XP online” Excuse me, just which version of Windows guarantees safety on line ? I work in tech support and every day I see many examples of infected PCs ranging from XP to 8.1. With the gradual increase of Windows 8 in the general population, I’m seeing a proportionate increase in the number of infected PCs running 8 and 8.1. I don’t think Windows XP is much more vulnerable than the newer versions; the user simply needs a heightened state of awareness. Download the free versions of Malwarebytes and the Emsisoft Emergency Kit (from reputable sources, of course) -run “deep” or “full” scans right away, then quick scans once a week (run both progs, no matter which is first, but make sure they both update before running the scans)

    • cynthia says:

      While nothing guarantees absolute safety, it’s the difference between having a house with locked doors and a security system and having a house with the security system turned off and the door unlocked. There’s no guarantee of safety either way, and it’s possible that a burglar may never cross the threshold of your unlocked house. But that house is still not secured. Scanning with security software regularly will work to take care of known threats, but security programs may not have the necessary information about Windows XP to remove new threats. And XP is not a particularly secure OS, the infection rate for XP is around twice that of Windows 7 or 8, even though 7 has been the most popular operating system for awhile.

  3. isabelle says:

    I use my XP notebook that I’ve downloaded embroidery designs in the past and this transfers to my sewing machine for it to read the patern and stitch believing it is safe in that I don’t go on the internet with it anymore Am I right ?
    I still get the message that the wireless is connected but I don’t use it.
    How would I otherwise disconnect WiFi as my 8.1 is using the WiFi too.

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