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AV vendors will deliver Windows XP anti-malware signatures for years
AV vendors buck Microsoft, will deliver Windows XP anti-malware signatures for years
Windows XP owners can expect most antivirus vendors to continue providing them with up-to-date signatures long after Microsoft pulls its patch plug in April, but that won't keep their machines safe, an expert said today.
Microsoft will deliver its final public patches for Windows XP on April 8, less than three months from now, finally retiring the 13-year-old operating system, the most successful ever for the Redmond, Wash. developer.
That will leave users still running XP -- and there are hundreds of millions worldwide -- without a way to fix vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit with impunity.
"Antivirus cannot patch the underlying vulnerability," said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test, a German company that regularly evaluates antivirus (AV) products for Windows. "There's nothing that AV can do to close those vulnerabilities, it can only limit malware spreading from one machine to another."
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