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Computers with Windows XP will be more susceptible to viruses


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Time is running out for computer users running the Window's XP operating system. They will find their PCs less secure come Tuesday

As of April 8, Microsoft is ending support and free updates to the 12-year-old operating system. Users should receive an automatic notification to their computer if they have Windows XP. Computers running the operating system will still function, but will not be compatible with devices like new cameras and printers. Also computers with Windows XP now will not be as safe from viruses and malware, because Microsoft will no longer update the software to fix security breaches. Even users who have an anti-virus program are more at risk.

"It's still insecure because the base, the operating system, is insecure. An anti virus program will help, but it's not going to be able to stop everything because what runs all of it is insecure at this point," Camren Desmond, a member of Best Buy's Geek Squad, said.

There are two solutions for people looking to move away from Windows XP, buy a new operating system, or buy a new computer.

According to Desmond, users looking to change operating systems should purchase Windows 8, but some older computers may not be able to use it. Microsoft provides a free program on their website to diagnose if your computer is capable of running Windows 8.

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