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The ATM vendors have started to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10

While Windows XP has reached end of life, it still has about 8% market share, more than Vista and Windows 8 combined. Released in 2001, Windows XP has reached EOL in 2014, but the Embedded Service Pack 3 has lost the support on the 12th of January 2016.

Despite not receiving updates, millions of ATMs are still using the embedded version of Windows XP and this is a security issue. But recently, the ATMs have started upgrading to Windows 10, Diebold Nixdorf being the first company to do that.

The company has shipped ATMs with Windows 10-compatible processors, so the upgrade can be successfully done, without having to replace the hardware components.

The other ATM vendors did not announce when they will switch to Windows 10, but it’s expected this to happen, due to the fact that Microsoft is struggling to make all the users adopt their newest operating system.

If you ask me, it is a very big step forward to upgrade to Windows 10, because it brings a lot of security fixes and closes many exploits discovered in Windows XP. Some antivirus vendors, like Immunet or Avast! still provide support for older systems, but Windows 10 is built with security in mind.

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Free (for personal use) antivirus software for the good old Windows XP – 2017 edition

Despite the fact that Windows 7 and Windows 10 are the most popular operating systems on the market, Windows XP is still installed on some computers, for a various number of reasons. A statistics about the Windows XP usage can be found in this article.

Today I’m going to list a few free (at least free for personal use) and lightweight antivirus software than can still run on Windows XP, without making it.

Avast!:

From my experience, the best antivirus for Windows XP is Avast, having a lot of features, including:

  • On access protection against viruses and malware
  • Heuristics engine to detect previously unknown threats
  • Silent mode which hides alerts during full-screen user activities
  • Easy installation wizard.

Cons:

  • It requires yearly registration.
  • It suggests installing additional software

Download Avast! Free from here

Comodo:

Comodo Antivirus Free provides virus protection and on-access file protection, includes a Game Mode that does not display any notifications, updates virus definitions in the background and has both 32 bit and 64 bit installers.

Cons:

  • Performs some system modifications that you might want to disable
  • Initial updates take a while to complete
  • The installer kit is very large
  • In creates a sandboxed environment for untrusted apps, not permitting them to infect the system

Download Comodo Antivirus Free from here

AVG Free:

AVG free is yet another antivirus system that can run on older computers that use Windows XP. It provides file anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-rootkit protection, web protection, email client protection, can be used in silent mode, can be controlled via a web portal and does not ask for registration before usage.

Cons:

  • It slows down the computer
  • It installs third-party software by default
  • It recommends the acquisition of paid features
  • The Zen interface may be annoying

Download AVG Free from here

Immunet Free:

Last but not least on this list is Immunet, yet another free antivirus still compatible with Windows XP running on older computers.

Main features:

  • It is very light
  • Provides cloud-based anti-virus, anti-malware and anti keylogger protection
  • Can run along other antivirus system

Cons:

  • Does not provide a very good protection

Download Immunet free from here

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According to Avast, Windows XP has more users than Windows Vista and 8 combined

Despite Microsoft’s aggressive marketing strategy created to persuade users to upgrade to Windows 10, Windows 7 is still leading the market. The folks from Avast have published some stats about the global Windows usage for the first quarter of 2017 and revealed some interesting facts.

56 million computers use Avast on Windows 7, this representing 48.35% of the market share. Windows 7 is followed by Windows 10, which is installed on 35 million devices running Avast software and Windows 8.1, which is installed on 12.7 million systems running Avast, representing about 10.96% of the market.

The big surprise is Windows XP, which has a market popularity bigger than Windows Vista and Windows 8 combined. According to the same numbers, Windows XP is still running on 6.5 million computers using Avast software (about 5.64%), while Windows 8 is running only on 2.51% of the computers having Avast installd, and Vista running on 2.08%. Speaking of Vista, it will reach end of life (EOL) next month, so if you still have it on your system it is advised either upgrade or switch to Linux.

Windows XP is still used due to the fact that it ideal for computers with old hardware and can run specific programs built on old technology that are not compatible with newer Windows systems.