Max from Virginia writes:
When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, will antivirus and firewall programs such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes remain effective so us faithful XP users can still feel safe?
Your programs won’t stop working. But, there’s a very big catch. There will be no more security updates from Microsoft. So there will be no fixes for new threats. Third-party security services are saying they cannot promise to keep XP safe after Microsoft stops supplying updates.
This will make XP systems a prime target for hackers. You could choose to stay off the Internet entirely (no web surfing and no e-mail) and not add any new files to your computer, just in case they’ve been infected. But that’s really not practical.
XP faithful shouldn’t feel safe with their systems. Extended support ends for XP on April 8, 2014.