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AV vendors buck Microsoft, will deliver Windows XP anti-malware signatures for years

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 16, 2014
Windows XP owners can expect most antivirus vendors to continue providing up-to-date signatures long after Microsoft pulls its patch plug in April, but that won't keep their machines safe, an expert said today.

Marx was in both camps.

"Microsoft has done a very good job here if you look at other market players," said Marx of Microsoft's 12-years-and-counting patching of XP. "I wouldn't blame Microsoft [for halting patches] but when no further updates for XP are available, think about what happens to the entire Windows ecosystem. It's going to be a real target for hackers and botnets. It will be a dangerous situation."

 

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