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#1 jenn3

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

Not sure if i am posting my question in the right spot, but i have windows xp and had microsoft security essentials for protection...someone said it will no longer be supporting xp, therefore, what is the best free anti virus software recommended?

 

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 08:16 PM

Hi jenn3 :)

Sadly, a free Antivirus protection won't cut it in Windows XP. Keep in mind that as of now, Windows XP's support has been discontinued, which means that you are using an outdated and vulnerable OS, no matter how you look at it. Even if you install a security software for every aspect of the OS, you won't be able to protect it from being exploited at a system level. It's strongly recommended to either upgrade to a newer version of Windows (at least Windows 7) if you want to use a free Antivirus solution, or move to a paid Antivirus program for Windows XP as like I said, a free Antivirus just won't do it.

On top of that, is it possible to have your computer specs and know what you use that computer for, so we can give you recommendations based on your needs? Keep in mind that most recommendations here given by the members are based on their opinions and experiences with the products, since the "best" Antivirus program doesn't exist and probably never will. In this domain, the "best" is relative to a person's point of view, and isn't established by an organization or anything else.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 03:25 AM

I am not sure, but i think avira still support's xp Are running 32 bit or 64 bit also check there site for service pack required and i think immunet protect works on xp service pack 3.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:20 AM

Apparently, Avira stopped supporting Windows XP the same day Microsoft ended it's support. Below you can find a list of Antivirus programs that still supports Windows XP:

http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/the-end-is-nigh-for-windows-xp-these-anti-virus-software-products-will-continue-to-protect-xp-after/?=

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:34 AM

The one with the longest support is Webroot - but then Webroot isn't free.

Looks like viable options are Avast and BitDefender.

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:20 AM


These Anti-Virus Software Products Will Continue to Protect XP after the End of Support

...The best news where this issue is concerned comes from the manufacturers of security software: with security suites continuing to provide updates for their software on XP systems after 8th April for at least one year or even longer depending on the manufacturer in question. Some companies have even promised to keep providing updates for two years and others have yet to plan any deadline whatsoever for the end of support. At the end of this article, you will find a list of all of the statements made by manufacturers of security software with regard to this matter that we have compiled for your information...


Forced to use Windows XP past April? 10 ways to make the best of a bad situation

...those XP users left out there are wondering what they can possibly do to mitigate their risks as much as possible. The best course of action without a doubt is moving to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, but if you can't or won't make such a bold move, then here's the best of what's left on your plate of options.

#1: Ditch the Free AV - Get a Paid Solution


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:27 AM

BTW...Windows XP users should also stop using Internet Explorer as that version is no longer supported and is vulnerable to exploits. Instead, they should use an updated alternate Browser.
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:00 PM

Post #7: I strongly agree with that.
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