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Windows XP Retirement: 10 Essential Security Tips

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, but it recently said it will extend some limited security and license registration capabilities. Find out what will be supported, how controls can reduce the risk of an infection, and why it is time to move to a more modern operating system.

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft said it would continue to support Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), its antivirus software on Windows XP systems, through July 14, 2015. Enterprise users will get updates for System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security and Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune running on XP, Microsoft said.

The retiring operating system also will be supported by a variety of other freely available antivirus programs. Avast, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender and Comodo indicate that they will continue to push down updates to their suites on Windows XP systems. The programs will help defend against attacks targeting the browser, its components and other applications, but it's unlikely that the antivirus will detect attacks that target vulnerabilities in the operating system.

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