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#873328 - 30th Apr 2014 10:34pm Windows XP Help Reqd
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I have WindowsXP,Firefox,Malwarebytes,
and Spybot,which i run every week,can anyone advise me,is it safe to run XP as long as i dont do my banking on it.

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#873343 - 1st May 2014 3:25am Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Fireblade]
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Here is some extra protection you could use .I think the word relatively is the operative one - from what Ive read, you do all you can, be vigilant over attachments and emails and hope you're lucky.

#873346 - 1st May 2014 7:49am Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Fireblade]
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There is already a big hole in Internet Explorer 6 - 11 which is patched on > Xp So that's the first one.

WIth that one you have to visit a per say web site and then there is a possibility that they can take control of your profile.

As above.
Use it as a tool to surf the internet with. But remove any sensitive information on there. There was talke of a chinese company continuing with the XP security fixes as 50% of china is on xp so dont feel your the only one on XP.

Go into many establishments and there still on XP.

For total peace of mind its about 80 - 100 for a Win 7 Disc.
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#873361 - 1st May 2014 9:22am Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Mark]
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I do have to wonder how long before Win 7 goes the same way as XP ie support withdrawn?

Mrs has an XP machine (mundane web searches, Word, Skype, Email - and banking, so I am also considering whether to (sadly) let XP "go" and upgrade her to Win 7. The machine she uses was inherited from her son after he used it for Uni over 4 years ie is likely messed full of c**p and badly needs a wipe and operating system re-install but I am inclined to stay with XP. In all the years of use we have never had any virus or similar problem.

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#873362 - 1st May 2014 9:36am Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Snodvan]
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#873368 - 1st May 2014 11:00am Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Fireblade]
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When I used to do computer repairs I'd often find that the user never ran Windows Update and it was missing hundreds of patches and vulnerability fixes.

#873385 - 1st May 2014 12:10pm Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Fireblade]
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#873402 - 1st May 2014 1:04pm Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Snodvan]
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I do have to wonder how long before Win 7 goes the same way as XP ie support withdrawn?

Snod, I read Win 7 will be supported until 2020.

#873411 - 1st May 2014 1:36pm Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: Fireblade]
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Right on the button there Gibbo. My brother hardly ever does it and I have to sort it out now and again when I go there. When the computer gets too slow he just gets another one because he thinks it's goosed, it only needs a good clean out. Funny thing is that you can't change people who don't do their housekeeping.
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#873420 - 1st May 2014 2:46pm Re: Windows XP Help Reqd [Re: BandyCoot]
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You could install linux. Generally less security issues, especially those targeting microsoft.

Most things will run on linux, except office - but openoffice is normally good enough for most people in general domestic use.

Not an expert by any means, but seems a safer (free) way of alleviating your fears over e-security on an unsupported XP (or at least until the chinese do something about it).

Good luck

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