- June 24, 2015
- Computer Security News
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If you’re experiencing problems with a computer that uses Windows XP, as other Happy Hamster customers are, the solution is simple: upgrade your operating system. While a new operating system may cost more than you’d like to spend, computer repair experts assure you that it’s worth the expense. Operating systems available today include Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1.
Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows XP in April 2014, including automatic security updates and technical support. Incidentally, we’ve had several customers come into our Portland computer repair store with virus and malware problems. Others have also reported problems with installing new hardware and software programs, as newer programs often aren’t compatible with the old operating system (OS).
On July 14, 2015, it will stop providing anti-malware signature updates for XP’s Microsoft Security Essentials.
What You Can Do
Protect your data by upgrading your OS as soon as possible, even if you haven’t experienced any problems. Since Microsoft stopped providing support and security updates, your computer has a high risk of becoming the victim of a virus or malware attack.
If you insist on using XP for as long as possible, the safest way to do so is to disconnect the computer’s Internet connection.
A new operating system will cost money, but it’s less expensive than losing your data to a virus, having your identity stolen or needing a computer repair. Portland residents who need help making the switch are more than welcome to contact Happy Hamster. We’ll happily review the different operating systems with you to help you find the best one for your needs. Similarly, if your computer won’t support a newer OS, ask us about our affordable re-manufactured options or building a simple custom computer.