Windows XP Lives! Comodo Still Has Your Back

July 10, 2014 | By Kevin Judge

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In the latest report by netmarketshare.com, the supposedly dead Windows XP actually increased its market share of desktop operating systems slightly, with a 25.3% share. That makes it the second most popular desktop OS by a wide margin, behind Windows 7 at 50.5% and ahead of Windows 8.1 with a mere 6.6% piece of the pie.

While XP is down from a 30% share since Microsoft ended support and security updates on April 8th, it was expected that it would decline much more rapidly. Microsoft has engaged in an expensive campaign to convince XP users to upgrade to Windows 8.1, emplacing that it will become increasingly vulnerable to hackers. The message has apparently fallen on a lot of deaf ears. The fact that it actually increase market share from last month’s 24.9% is stunning.

Does this speak to the quality and durability of the venerable XP, introduced way back in 2001? Or, is it a testament to the failure to launch of Windows 8 and 8.1? Perhaps a bit of both!

Comodo Has Your Back

Although there have been a surprising shortage of horror stories since Microsoft pulled the plug on security fixes, XP is definitely going to be a target of hackers.

Now, we don’t generally recommend using an unsupported OS. However, we strongly believe that the decision to upgrade is yours.

It’s your computer, your software, your needs.

If for whatever reason you want to continue using XP, know this – Comodo antivirus has your back! We are committed to supplying XP virus signatures through at least 2016. What’s more, under these circumstances our default/deny approach is even more appropriate than usual. Comodo Internet Security defends against threats that have not even been identified yet, sandboxing any programming that cannot be verified as safe to run. The sandbox is a secure, isolate area where an unverified program can be run without risk to your Windows system and files.

Regardless of which version of Windows you use, if you are not using Comodo Security you will be safer if you download today

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    BrianSplting July 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Great write up on this. Thank you for the data on the number of Windows XP users out there. I was kinda feeling lonely as I use Windows XP on a couple of machines that use old software that work on Windows XP only.

    Now from my past experience- the AV is only as good as its detection signatures which is a reactive approach when there is a new infection out there. Example: Cryptolocker(ransomware). By then most of the machines gets infected till the AV or anti-malware is updated for this new out break.

    As for the sandboxing- sometimes the infection comes through an ‘innocent-looking’ attachment/document and by the time one realizes that- boom goes the system. It gets corrupted.

    So my question would be- it there anything that Comodo provides that will help me recover/restore a system once it gets infected? For now- I see just reimaging a system and then bringing in the external back. This takes a lot of time to get everything back online. Please advice. Thank you.

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