Reminder: Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP April 8th, 2014

windows-picAs of April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. This will render the 12 year old operating system extremely vulnerable to malware.

What you should know

  • Emsisoft will continue to provide support for Emsisoft Anti-Malware on Windows XP until April 2016. When the time comes, we may extend protection even further.
  • Even with our extended protection, your Windows XP computer will still be vulnerable to an attack. If someone discovers a flaw in the operating system and decides to exploit it, Microsoft will not issue a patch.
  • An estimated 25-40% of the world’s computers still run on Windows XP. After April 8th, attackers will therefore have a large, easy target.

What you can do

Emsisoft recommends that anyone still running Windows XP migrate to a newer OS as soon as possible. Those who continue to use XP after April 8th will be at a much higher risk of falling prey to malware infection than users running Microsoft-supported operating systems.

It is also worth noting that April 8th coincides with Microsoft’s monthly “Patch Tuesday”, the term the company has given to the second Tuesday of every month, where they release security updates for all of their operating systems. In addition to being the last “Patch Tuesday” XP will ever see, the upcoming update will also repair the Microsoft Word and Outlook RTF zero day that emerged late last month.

For more on “The Death of Windows XP”, we’d also like to encourage readers to have a look at our company’s initial statement, which we released in January. There you will find our reasons for extending support, as well as a thorough explanation on why we believe it is essential to upgrade from XP to a newer operating system.

Have a Great (Malware-Free) Day.


Your Emsisoft Team.

  • Legend

    The most worrying part is that, many companies and state agencies , still dont have a plan for a transition from the old xp to a newer and more secure platform. That will leave, as you write, a huge window open for user attacks, and for the more serevere dedicated spear attacks. One of the argument for not shifting over to e.g. windows 7 that I often hear, is that so many special dedicated programs is special build for xp, and that they fear for compatibility issues will bring down their systems, and thereby losing lost revenue. An argument that I don’t understand. If they are truly hit by malware, let say cryptolocker, then they will loose more than a day of revenue. Those companies are playing a dangerous game of russian roulette.

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