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Is there anti virus for XP after end of XP life?


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#1 HairCut

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 10:53 AM

HI all,

Many people are still using XP but AVG free and MSE anti virus are both prompting about end of support. AVG are still prompting to buy their pro version. Will the pro version continue to protect XP or will it be the same as the free version and warn about the end of life of XP?

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Edited by rotor123, 15 June 2014 - 11:35 AM.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

First, I would not run MSE and AVG together if that is what you are doing. One can conflict with the other. I think this is just FUD by the antivirus companies. They will still support XP. So, I would use AVG until they specifically say AVG free will not longer work on XP. I use avast! on an XP computer and set it to Hardened Aggressive Mode in settings which uses a whitelist. This will keep stop a lot of malware from executing and when used with a Limited User Account should help keep malware from infecting your computer. As far as I know avast! will support XP for quite awhile.

 

Another piece of software I would recommend for XP would be Malwarebytes Anti-exploit Free.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

What really bothers me about the end of Windows XP support is that not everyone is ready to learn a new operating system.   

 

There are some elderly and learning disabled  people  who thrive on everything staying the same and who don't deserve to lose an operating system they have learned and can understand.   

 

I hope they will offer some sort of compromise.   



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:36 PM

'AVG free' is warning about end of life now. I wonder how long it will be before 'Avast! free' version starts to warn because the protection is compromised by the vulnerability of end of life XP. (As  if it's any different now than it has been for 13 years

:) 13 years of  browser hijacks, worms and viruses ).

 

I've been looking at an XP system for an elderly person.

 

I like the idea of the limited user account but I'm not sure it's possible to recommend it to the ordinary user as it's security going forward is still going to be questionable.

 

I can't upgrade to Windows 7 as the machine is not up to it (I find this after I have installed and tested Windows 7 on the machine :()

 

Currently I am looking at Lubuntu with XP in Virtualbox but I'm wondering if the user will be able to cope. It might take some very concise instructions.


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:56 PM

I can say that avast! will support xp for the foreseeable future. Take a look at Puppy Linux. It runs in ram and boots from a USB or CD.  Another linux distro to look at is Zorin. V6 is a long-term release.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

 I do volunteer work teaching computers at local senior centers.  I find most seniors have little trouble with Windows 7 but Windows 8.1 is somethin' else.  However once we show them how to install Classic Shell (which is FREE) they're happy with it since it gives you back the look and feel of earlier versions of Windows.  

 I have XP installed on a test computer and XP mode available on two desktops with Windows 7 Pro, but I'm very reluctant to use it any more because even though I have good virus protection, the bad guys can look at the new updates coming out for 7 & 8.1 and find the holes in XP that aren't being fixed regardless of what antivirus you have.  What I recommend for folks who can't or won't upgrade is Linux.  The two flavors I'm familiar with are Ubuntu and Mint, and they run very well on XP computers, they have Windows like user interfaces, and they're supported.  YMMV.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:46 PM


AVAST will continue to support Windows XP for home and business users

...AVAST will continue to support Windows XP users by creating protection modules and detections to cover vulnerabilities and other security problems for at least the next three years...


Majority of AVAST customers running Windows XP said they will rely on AVAST to protect them
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:03 AM

Thanks very much

 

3 years of support from Avast! A clever move.

 

I'm away to re-install XP. and Avast!



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:34 PM

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