Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Microsoft Security Essentials should now be considered end of life for Windows XP users.

For those who decided to keep using Windows XP after April 8th 2014, if they had Microsoft Security Essentials installed they would continue to receive updates I believe. I found the nag screen confused users and suggested they moved to an alternate supported anti-virus product.

This article linked to below isn't particularly clear, but from it I think we can infer Microsoft Security Essentials and the Malicious Software Removal Tool are no longer useful.

If you are still using Windows XP, it's a good time to move to one of the other free anti-virus programs.

As a side note, if you're using Internet Explorer 8, think about using Google Chrome as it is still currently supported under Windows XP.

Eventually you'll probably have no choice but to move as support for other software finishes. There's still roughly 180 million users, but at some point, like all previous version of Windows, the day will come.

Kelvin Eldridge
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