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Every tenth personal computer still uses Windows XP

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTwo years have passed since Microsoft pulled support of Windows XP OS, which was once one of the most popular operating system in the world. Even though there have not been any security updates released for this OS in a long time, many users have yet to switch to a more secure OS.

Nevertheless, the number of Windows XP users has declined by half in the past two years: in April 2014, when Microsoft pulled support from this OS, the proportion of XP users around the world was 27.7%. Nevertheless, users are not too keen to update to a new OS – only 2.4% of XP users have transferred to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in April.

Based on data published on netmarketshare.com in March, Windows XP remains installed on 10.9% of computers. It remains the third most popular OS in the world, with the first two are Windows 7 (52%) and Windows 10 (14%).

Developers of eScan admit that reluctance to update the OS is confusing – it only leaves users and their computers vulnerable to viruses and potential hacker attacks.

«By not installing the latest system updates, you leave your computer vulnerable to attacks by malware and viruses. In addition, such a computer can become a distributor of cyber threats to other computers,» – notes eScan anti-virus software distributor Baltimax regional manager Sergei Romanovskis.

This is why Windows XP has been put aside by software developers and Microsoft – the corporation has plans to stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer, including version 6.0, which is used by XP.

«Because of the many security risks, Internet Explorer is one of the most often fixed Microsoft components. This is why Windows XP users often choose in favour of other Internet browsers while using an unprotected platform,» – explains Baltimax representative.

Unfortunately, the range of choice for XP users keeps getting smaller – in November 2014, Google Chrome announced its plans to pull support for the browser on older versions of Windows and Apple OS. Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 users can still use Chrome, but the developer will no longer release security updates for those versions of the browser, specialists say.

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