Can a New Anti-Malware Solution Protect Windows XP Users?

Microsoft has been working hard to get Windows XP users to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Now, one anti-malware company is giving them a new reason not to. Malwarebytes just rolled out a solution that promises to protect XP users from the bad guys.

Available now, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is a tool that aims to protect home-based PCs against the dangerous software that criminals are using to hack into computers. The company is promising to catch even advanced cyber ploys that traditional antivirus programs miss.

EUWe are committing to XP support for as long as is technically possible because we feel it is important people using the OS are protected,EU Marcin Kleczynski, founder and CEO of Malwarebytes, told us. He noted that XP users make up 20 percent of its user base. EUThere is nothing new with software reaching the end of its commercial life, but the risk with XP is directly proportional to the amount of people thought to still be relying on it as their main OS.EU

MicrosoftEUs XP Stance

Redmond is reporting that the chance malware will infect your Windows XP-based PC after April 8 could rise by two-thirds. A Microsoft Security Intelligence Report that provides threat intelligence and analysis of cyber threats in more than 100 countries and regions worldwide highlights the risk of unsupported software.

During the first half of 2013, currently supported versions of Windows desktop operating systems -- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 -- all had roughly similar malware encounter rates of between 12 percent and 20 percent. But, Microsoft reports, Windows XP systems had an infection rate that was six times higher than Windows 8.

EUMicrosoft Windows XP was released almost 12 years ago, which is an eternity in technology terms,EU said Tim Rains, director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft. EUWhile we are proud of...

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