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    MSE and Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP 3

    Hi -

    Am interested in using MSE but came across this paragraph in

    http://experts.windows.com/w/experts_wiki/89.aspx

    "Does MSE on Windows XP provide the same protection as on Windows 7?
    No. MSE does not provide the NIS module that protects the operating system from attacks for new exploits for recently exposed vulnerabilities that have not yet been corrected by Microsoft. Also, Microsoft support for Windows XP will cease in April 2014. Those still on Windows XP and want to use MSE will need to replace their hardware and/or software to continue to get full benefit from MSE’s protection."

    So, does this mean I shouldn't bother installing MSE on my current system?
    And, does sentence 'Those still...' mean that after 2014 one should replace hardware/software (whatever replacing hardware might mean?)

    Thanks much.

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    After April 2014 Win XP will loose support and no longer get updates. It does not mean the OS will stop working, but it does mean the OS may start getting less secure because it will no longer get security updates as well as system updates.

    MSE was designed for Win 7, then modified to work in Win XP. I cannot speak on the efficacy of MSE on Win XP, but it was not originally designed for Win XP.
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    Thank you, Ted

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    Actually, MSE was officially launched before Windows 7 and it was meant for a big number of computers that had no AV protection, so XP was very much in Microsoft's concerns, as many machines vulnerable at the time were XP running machines.

    MSE runs fine on XP. I wouldn't use it as my single security product (but then I would use no AV as the single security product). Today's threats are complex enough to make me feel better protected by using different products from different manufacturers.

    There are many possible combinations, but I would run MSE simultaneously with Malwarebytes Pro.

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    And thank you, Rui!

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