People don’t want to give up on Windows XP, many like Fredrick are hoping they can find a way to protect it.

Frederick from Las Vegas, NV writes “After I was told that I was missing some DLL keys and needed to reload my OS (XP), if possible, or get a new computer. Since I am not pleased with Windows 7 or 8, I had XP reloaded and was told that XP had not been supported for the past 7 years. My question: Will a good antivirus program, ie McAfee, protect me from hurt, harm, and danger? Maybe Windows 10 will be the improved program but until then, XP is still Number ONE.”


Hi, Frederick.  Thanks for the great question.

Official Microsoft support for XP ended on April 7th of 2014  It has not only been supported for the last seven years, but has been the OS of choice for a lot of people, like you.

There will be a number of problems for you if you continue to use XP.  For one thing, Norton and McAfee, as well as the other anti-virus software program suppliers will stop supporting XP as well.  That means that, ultimately, they will stop working as well.

Another problem that you’ll have is that other software manufacturers will ultimately stop providing updates to their XP software, so you’ll start noticing issues with this software, and it will ultimately stop working as well, especially those that require a third-party software to run, such as Flash and Java.


Probably the biggest problem, though, is bad guys.  It is a trueism that bad guys will frequently ruin things for the rest of us, and they are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in your OS that they can exploit.  And the fact is that your anti-virus software will not protect you from a lot of these, because they are not viruses.  What this would mean for you as an XP user is that every time you go online, hacker bots would immediately start searching for ways to get into your system to steal passwords and usernames, as well as any other information that you have stored on your hard drive.  Many of these exploits require no time for the bot to get into your system.

I understand that switching to 8 is a big jump for someone who loves XP, as a matter of fact, I wrote an article about it that can be found here, but I think that the change will be worthwhile for you.  Not only will it provide you with added protection, it will make it so that you can continue running the programs that you use and love. Also, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to those using Windows 7 & 8 later this summer.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer