As I mentioned in a previous post over the summer, support for Windows XP is ending on the 8th of April. This also means Microsoft will no longer be supporting its free antivirus product, Microsoft Security Essentials, for anyone who is still running XP. I have recommended this antivirus for many people who have Windows XP systems, but this is the end of the line.
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 11 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences. As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.
The good news is there are still plenty of free antivirus products out there.