The XP problem
Nevertheless, it's undeniable that Windows XP still has a massive install base, second only to Windows 7. It's likely there will still be a huge user base for Windows XP later in 2014, and tech companies are preparing to support the system in a limited fashion after April.
To help out Windows XP users who refuse to quit, Google will support Chrome for Windows XP until April 2015. And Microsoft says Windows XP's anti-malware engine will continue to get updates until July 14, 2015. But security software can only detect malware attacks, and won't permanently fix any critical flaws after April 8--and there will be flaws in Windows XP, bet on it.
If you do plan on sticking with the aging OS, we've just published a primer on what you should do to remain as safe as possible with Windows XP. But if you're able to quit the system, you should do so very soon.
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