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How can I use XP safely?


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#1 justme4now

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 01:30 PM

Right now I am getting tired of using my tablet (laptop still has virus in it) and I am fondly remembering my tiny notebook that still runs XP. (Oh how I miss XP - I don't know what it is about it but I just love it so much...)

I was wondering, to cut down on the security risk, would using a VPN like CyberGhost for example, help?

And what other programs, not AVG, should I install? There is very little storage on there, thats another problem.

Thanks.


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:25 PM

I feel your pain! :(

 

Read:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/585220/how-secure-is-it/?p=3781808



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 09:38 PM

you can upgrade the hard drive to a larger one. this would make this old notebook much nicer. I like people who attach to old habits, like using Win XP.

just clone the old drive to the new one. no need to reinstall anything.



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Posted 17 August 2015 - 07:51 AM

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


XP users should read these topics for more tips and suggestions...XP users should also stop using Internet Explorer since that version is no longer supported and is vulnerable to exploits. Instead, they should use an updated alternate browser.
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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:28 AM

Immediately stop using IE, switch to firefox, run noscript within firefox and run an ad blocker as well. Ensure all plugins are disabled, expect on the very rare occasions when you need them, on those days switch them to "ask to activate", then deactivate them again once you've one the thing which they were needed for. Run malwarebytes anti-exploit on the system, and run a good antivirus and a good antimalware program. Also make sure to set up the file exploer to show "full file extensions even for known file types" to avoid viruses of the screenshot.jpg.scr or document.pdf.exe sort, and make sure to have system images made and backups of all your files on external media. This still isn't enough to be truly secure on xp (it is enough to be reasonably secure on windows 7,8,8.1 ), but it's a start.

Edited by rp88, 18 August 2015 - 11:29 AM.

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:40 AM

Software Restriction Policy, available on XP Pro machines only, as the Group Policy Editor is not part of XP Home, is also a good layer of security. However, unless you're an undeniable expert user or an Einstein, you'll have a lot of "fun" trying to figure it out.

Simple Software-Restriction Policy is, like the name says, simple to use. The script provides an automated configuration which should suit most standard Windows setups (but can be customizable at will). Also works on Home versions of Windows, where Group Policies are not available.

 

Only download software from their original developer's website, or from reputable download sites. Using a firefox add-on called VTzilla from VirusTotal is another layer of protection to make sure downloads are safe. Scan the downloads again with your computer's antivirus before opening or running them.

WOT is another useful browser add-on you can use.

You can also use OpenDNS instead of your ISP's DNS servers. They're usually faster, more reliable and secure, especially against phishing scams.

Stay away from any type of file sharing applications (P2P, torrents...).

Avoid software of a questionable nature, especially free one, like YouTube downloaders, DVD rippers, screen savers, etc., which all include spyware or adware or toolbars or whatever unwanted applications... Some will let you choose to accept their installation or not, others will not ask for permission...

 

Don't forget to update software, especially Flash, Java (even remove Java), .pdf readers... The OS is far from being the only thing that needs to be patched... This is as important on Windows Vista, 7 or 8...

 

Make sure your important data is backed up safely. Making a full image backup of your entire system and an emergency rescue disk is not a bad idea either and might come in handy.



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:56 PM

Here are a few more articles with tips and suggestions.

Survive the XPocalypse: 10 Tips to Keep Running It Safely
How can I use Windows XP safely now it's no longer supported?
What to do if you want to keep Windows XP After Support Ends
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Posted 20 August 2015 - 12:27 PM

100% safety is not guaranteed but you can be 99% sure by installing an good antivirus software in your system.



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Posted 20 August 2015 - 02:22 PM

Actually no antivirus will guarantee 99% safety.

It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed.
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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:05 PM

Wow - I totally missed all of these answers. Thank you so much! There is a lot to look at and absorb... I feel I am in good company...

 

I am pretty careful where I go, and what I download but there is certainly room for improvement. I never use IE, by the way, I am a total Firefox fanatic, and I only use Chrome when I need the flash player which got me in trouble the other day with my laptop that runs Win7. But I would never use Chrome with XP, that's for sure.

 

Again, thanks a bunch for all this advice. There are a LOT of things I'm not doing to keep my notebook safe. :orange:



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:13 PM

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 03:17 PM

"you can upgrade the hard drive to a larger one. this would make this old notebook much nicer."

 

Bailifei, I don't really understand what you mean. :scratchhead: Are you talking about increasing the RAM memory, or are you talking about a physical hard drive? Sorry, clueless here...


Edited by justme4now, 24 August 2015 - 03:19 PM.





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