Re: Windows XP
How would you use it? Would you use it for browsing and e-mail or for more things like streaming?
I used to use mhy old XP machines on line after XP went out of support but I never did anything in which I provide personal information such as my birthday or other such information. Even if I have no indication that I am infected, and the antivirus program I ran never indicated any problems, I don’t know enough about the vulnerabilities that were unpatched in XP to know how likely it might be that I might be infected with no signs. Now that Windows 7 is out of support, I do the same thing.
Fortunately, the way I use computers, I almost never do things that require divulging such information. At some point, I expect to get a Windows 10 machine which I will feel reasonably safe using in that way.
Others may want to comment on what I’ve said. I think that if you just browse web sites and work with e-mail online, you probably won’t be placing yourself in danger.
As far as streaming from web sites is concerned, I don’t know if you know this, but HTML5, now the dominant way of streaming doesn’t work properly even in browsers that support it in XP. Streams are usually interrupted by all sorts of brief pauses and its very annoying to listen to anything.
I would use it online depending upon what type antivirus is available, as then I would not have to use my windows-7 computer as much since it is my main computer.
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
You didn’t say you use your computer online or how. You may not need antivirus protection, depending on how you use it. But we would need to know more about that to have an opinion.
Thank you Gene for your reply. I do have AVG on the XP that I have, but I am not sure if it is running properly. I mainly use that computer for listening to CDs as WMP works very well, as does the CD player. I did not know that Microsoft Essentials was used as far back as windows XP. Many years ago I used this particular computer when I worked as a medical transcriptionist, and my company placed AVG on the machine.
Its an interesting question. I’m curious if Microsoft is still making definitions available to Microsoft Security Essentials in XP. it did for years after support stopped but I have no idea now. and I have no idea if you can get the program that ran in XP. But it was very accessible. Perhaps others know more about that.
I use my XP machines for so little these days that I haven’t kept up with antivirus programs that are accessible and can be used.
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:02 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Windows XP
I have read that some of you on this list still have a Windows XP. I would like to know what do you use for virus protection.