On the eve of the release of Windows 10 we have yet another reason to stop using Windows XP. Microsoft has reported that it has stopped providing antivirus signatures for the out-of-support operating system.
Even after support for the venerable OS ended in April last year, Microsoft continued to provide its malicious software removal tool and updates to Microsoft Security Essentials – that is, until yesterday.
It has not been possible to download Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP since the end of support, but PCs with it already installed have been receiving anti-malware signature updates for the last 16 months. Because the malicious software removal tool is connected with the company’s anti-malware engine and signatures, that has also remained working.
“Any PC running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates for the Windows XP operating system.”
“We strongly recommend that you complete your migration to a supported operating system as soon as possible so that you can receive regular security updates to help protect your computer from malicious attacks,” the company said.
Windows XP was launched 14 years ago and has remained a favorite with businesses and consumers since, even after Microsoft stopped supporting it. So the morale of this story is that – if you are still using Windows XP.
STOP and UPGRADE.