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    Default UPDATED WINDOWS - Your first line of defense

    Please keep Windows updated with all critical patches. It is also important to move to supported platforms. See post #2 and the Microsoft Support Lifecycle

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    Last edited by tashi; 2012-01-28 at 08:08. Reason: Tweak
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    Default Microsoft End Of Support Cycle

    Helpers in malware removal forums may not respond and try to clean an operating system that is no longer supported and therefore cannot be updated or patched.

    Further, the tools most often used for manual removals do not work on legacy systems.


    Microsoft retires support for legacy systems because they are outdated and can expose customers to security risks.

    June 30, 2006 brought a close to Extended Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows ME as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. Microsoft retired public and technical support, including security updates, on that date. Noted because this operating system is still seen in use on the Internet.

    Support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. If you're running this version after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...d-support-help

    Unsupported operating systems (and servers), are an open door to infection, security programs are really just a band-aid.


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    Default Internet Explorer

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    Default Alerts

    Microsoft Security Alerts and Advisories in our forum here:

    http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=862

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    Default Second Hand Computers, what you should know

    Considering the purchase of a second hand computer?

    Please make sure you really are getting a bargain and not a paperweight.


    • The seller should have formatted and reinstalled a legitimate copy of the Operating System.
    • Provided you with the original software disks, plus any manuals that accompany these disks.


    Should you need to format, reinstall, or repair windows you will need one of these tools:

    1. Install disk
    2. Restore disk
    3. Or a working restore partition


    Verify the Windows software installed is legitimate before paying for the PC. How to tell if your copy of Windows is genuine.

    If the Operating System is not legitimate then you will not be able to update Windows, in which case the machine will be infected very quickly once on the WWW and become a liability, no matter what security software is installed. Never accept illegal pirated software, doing so can cause all sorts of problems.

    Often there are good bargains for new PC's, so you may not save much by buying a second-hand one. Especially when the warranty that comes with a new PC is taken into consideration.

    Any computer over three-four years old may not run the software you wish to install, so check into that as well.


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    Default XP End Of Support-Countdown

    Springboard Series Blog
    On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or consumer customers.
    http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/s...wn-begins.aspx

    The impending crisis that is Windows XP and IE 8
    http://www.troyhunt.com/2013/01/the-...indows-xp.html

    Windows XP - The Elephant In The Room
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    Default Microsoft: Infection rates and end of support for Windows XP

    zdnet
    August 22, 2013
    "You've been getting warned for ages about the impending end of support for XP. Things are even worse than you've heard (especially if you run Internet Explorer). Expect a flood of new vulnerabilities and no help for them."

    Your perilous future on Windows XP
    http://www.zdnet.com/your-perilous-f...xp-7000019721/

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    29 Oct 2013

    Infection rates and end of support for Windows XP
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/arch...indows-xp.aspx

    technet
    15 Jan 2014
    "Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape."

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/arch...indows-xp.aspx
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    Default Windows Vista

    Windows Vista Life Cycle.

    End of mainstream support: April 10th, 2012

    End of extended support: April 11th, 2017

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...cle-fact-sheet
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