As Microsoft Support for XP Expires, Antivirus Vendors Pick Up The Slack


As you might be aware Microsoft support for Windows XP expires today, which means that the company will stop issuing security patches. Around 30 percent of you have ignored all warnings up until now and you’re still using it. Stubborn bunch, aren’t you?

Conventional wisdom suggests that without security patches, business users would be foolish to continue using XP, lest they become victims of viruses and malware that could potentially cripple their businesses.

But is that really the case?

Probably not. Just because Microsoft has stopped shipping patches doesn’t mean the antivirus vendors have stopped supporting XP. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. McAfee, Symantec and Kaspersky shows have all pledged to continue to support XP — for now.

McAfee says it’ll update its software for XP for as long as it’s technically feasible to do so. Symantec says it’ll update for XP for the “foreseeable future” — whatever that means. Kaspersky is more specific saying it will continue to support XP…

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