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Beware, Windows XP updates could be malware, Trojans

| FRANCIS D'SA
Published Apr 8, 2014, 8:25 pm IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 2:13 am IST

Mumbai: Microsoft will finally end its support for the Windows XP platform today. Post April 8, Windows XP will not have any official support from Microsoft developers and engineers online. This is sure to give rise to several users, including hackers, who will put up websites, torrents and alike to distribute Windows XP updates and patches for those who lost out on the final updates from Microsoft.

We wish to warn you that the updates, though free, could be altered and infected by viruses, Trojans, malware and even keyloggers. Hackers can also make a whopping business by hosting the updates online, which divert to other online storage drives via ad portals and third-party URL shortners, which indirectly provide cash in return to the person providing the free updates. There are also higher chances of several hoax websites promising Windows XP updates and security patches, which can lure you into downloading them and in turn infects or hack your PC. Your data will be at immense risk if you are not careful.

It is highly recommended that you don’t update Windows XP anymore after tomorrow or upgrade your operating system to the latest version. This is to make sure you are on the safer side. Make sure you install an authentic antivirus and firewall to safeguard your PC and data.  

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