One month beyond the end of support of Windows XP

It is now a month since the official support from Microsoft has ended for Windows XP. Read here about strategies to move away from it.

In the meanwhile, all XP users are getting this message:


If you click on the link in the above picture, you see this page where you are kindly explained to move away from Windows XP and take Windows 8:



What happened in a month?

Not much… except for one security update for Windows XP and a lot of companies (especially banks) and governments (Google search link) that paid for special support for Windows XP.

Yes, despite the fact that the support has been officially stopped, Microsoft was forced to release an out of band patch for Internet Explorer 6-8 for Windows XP.




What’s next ?

The honest answer is, we don’t know. But, the events in the past years showed us that there will be many zero-day exploits. It remains to be seen if Microsoft will choose to fix them for XP as well.


If you don’t want to be nervous while Microsoft thinks whether or not to patch the Windows XP, read this article and act accordingly.


Sorin Mustaca

IT Security Expert


from Avira – TechBlog

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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