The free software is ok, but if you really want to secure your Windows XP system you should choose a paid version of antivirus. The best program that you can use is the Bullguard antivirus.
In case you are asking about what happened to Microsoft Security Essentials, you should know that the software received the last update in June 2015.
Anyway, even though Security Essential represents the official Microsoft security tool, we recommend using a better antivirus program.
2. Keep your software up to date
It will be extremely important to keep your programs up to date by installing all the latest official updates. In this way, you can protect your Windows XP computer against basic malware infections.
Youou can also secure your programs and software with DriverFix, a tool that can scan your computer for out-of-date software and update it if it finds any new compatible driver options.
3. Switch to a better browser and go offline
On your Windows XP you should use Opera, a safe and optimized browser that has all the features you need for smooth browsing.
Windows XP will no longer receive Internet Explorer official support which means that your web browser might not offer the security support you need.
Another solution you can apply is to go offline as much as possible. For example, when using different business programs you don’t need an internet connection enabled.
Most of the tools you use might go online for pointing updates or who knows what else. Not all these updates are official and you can catch some malware. Because of that, staying offline as much as possible is a good idea.
4. Use a day-to-day account
- First of all, log in as Administrator.
- then set a password and go to Control Panel.
- From there click on User Accounts and select your own account.
- Pick Create a new password and type your new pass key twice.
- Now tap on Home, then click Create a new account.
- Save a new name for your account and pick Next.
- Up next select Limited and click Create Account.
- You have just created a Limited user account.
Malware can do as much damage as the importance of the account it infects. Keep that in mind when using Windows XP. Also due to the same reasons,, the best approach is to stay away from administrator accounts.
In that matter, you should start using day-to-day accounts. A day-to-day account comes with important restrictions that can be used for protecting your desktop.
A limited account can’t install or remove all applications, or make system-wide changes, such as changing a hard disk’s partitions.
You can set a password for it by following the steps at the start of this paragraph. In order to use your limited account, restart your computer and just choose the above-created account and enjoy it in a secure way.
5. Use a Virtual Machine
If the tips from above are way too complicated for you and you rather upgrade your computer to Windows 10, then you should use a virtual machine where to install Windows XP.
As we already stated above, some apps and programs can run only on Windows XP systems, which means that you must use a virtual machine on any other Windows OS, or else the mentioned tools will not work at all.
Installing a virtual machine is not that hard as you can use official software developed by Microsoft.
Anyway, it will be quite annoying to switch between your regular Windows platform to the virtual machine each time you need to use your programs, but at least you will be secured.
6. Be cautious with what you install
Although Windows XP no longer receives security updates, there are numerous ways in which you can still protect your computer against malware or viruses infections.
Anyway, the best manner will be, of course, to be more careful when installing software, when going online, when using your web browser and when downloading something on your laptop or desktop.
By trying to install only official programs, tested and recommended by other users and by using proper antivirus and antimalware programs, you will be safe when using Windows XP.
Now, as we pointed out in these guidelines, you can still use Windows XP long after Microsoft ended official support.
By using the tips described in this tutorial, you can safely protect your Windows XP computer without upgrading to Windows 10 and without choosing Linux instead of Windows.
Of course, eventually, the upgrade will have to be made as you will not find compatible drivers and software with older versions of the Windows system.
But until then, don’t worry and keep using your favorite Windows OS on your laptop or desktop.
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