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Will AVG Keep My XP Computer Safe?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Alice writes:

I use AVG antivirus on my XP computer so won’t this keep me safe? If not then I have the windows 7 disk, but can I use this on my XP?  Thank you for your help.

Windows is stopping all security support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. That means there will no longer be a team of highly-trained security experts whose job it is to stop attacks against Windows XP working to protect the system.

Companies like AVG, Norton and McAfee get their fixes for Windows XP from Microsoft. Microsoft has key information about the program that you would need to fight attacks. No new information from Microsoft means no protection against anything that hackers come up with after Microsoft stops providing security updates.

Why is this such a big deal? I’ve covered the subject a lot in the past few months.

This article explains how Windows XP Could Become A Security Nightmare and this one covers a lot of the questions and comments we’ve seen in regards to XP.

Your AVG will continue to protect you against viruses discovered prior to the end of XP support. But don’t expect any new updates after April 8, 2014. Unfortunately, those with bad intent aren’t going to lose interest in XP systems. They will likely become more interested knowing that these systems are unprotected.

~ Cynthia

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