What Security Software Are You Using to Secure Windows XP in 2019???

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by Janie D., Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Janie D.

    Janie D. MDL Novice

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    Technical support or share tips and tricks for Windows XP / Older OS.

    Sorry all...I'm new here but wanted to pick brains far wiser than mine. I'm running up against a hard deadline to continue securing my XP SP3 system. Currently running Bitdefender Total Security 2015 that is set to expire in about 2 months. I'm finding it difficult to identify an appropriate "paid" replacement now in 2019 that will allow me to continue to secure Windows XP to the best of my ability -- it seems, most providers have piggy-backed on the bandwagon to discontinue support of it. There HAS to be some paid package I can consider -- I know some offer freeware, but my confidence level on those are low.

    I've had a brand new Ryzen 7 Windows 10 system that's been sitting in a box for over a year now...and do have a Windows 10 laptop that I hate using. My old reliable workhorse gets the job done at MY direction because I can't stand the babysitting big-brother involved with the "new & improved." Plus I've got a small fortune in apps and hardware that I can't migrate to Windows 10.

    How are you securing your Windows XP systems? Thanks for any guidance you can give!
     
  2. assenort

    assenort MDL Novice

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    Symantec Endpoint Protection Client

    It is very heavy on the hardware, but is easily configurable and does a pretty good job for me.
     
  3. MELERIX

    MELERIX MDL Expert

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    I use MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS v4.4.304.0 + extra feature PUA protection enbaled by registry key...

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware]
    "PUAProtection"=dword:00000001
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware\MpEngine]
    "MpEnablePus"=dword:00000001
     
  4. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    just keep it turn off is the safes ;)
     
  5. livecd

    livecd MDL Novice

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    I find the best way to keep your Xp safe and secure is to use Disk2vhd to back up Xp in the state it is in, so if you experience a crash or get ransomware, you literally have a backup of everything in a Vhd. Of course, that's if you don't use it very often.
     
  6. boyonthebus

    boyonthebus MDL Addicted

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    Yea I agree. If you have XP machine keep it powered off.
     
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  7. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    Debian 9.9 Live :biggrin:
     
  8. case-sensitive

    case-sensitive MDL Senior Member

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    It would be cool if the ' experts ' would stop posting microsoft adverts and fan boy posts and stay on topic please .

    If you want to compare XP to other systems please do it somewhere else and use facts and not just opinions without any factual backing or explanation . . Thanks .
     
  9. MMIKEE

    MMIKEE MDL Senior Member

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    Curious why you are not using Microsoft Security Essentials v4.10.209.0 which appears to be the most recent version that works on XP / Vista / 7...
     
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  10. MELERIX

    MELERIX MDL Expert

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    because 4.10 is not compatible with Windows XP.
     
  11. lolnothankyou

    lolnothankyou MDL Novice

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    Windows XP Pro SP3 + updates

    kerio personal firewall 2.1.5
    kaspersky virus removal tool
    firefox + umatrix + ublock
    TrueCrypt 7.1a
    KeePass
    Acronis True Image
     
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  12. case-sensitive

    case-sensitive MDL Senior Member

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  13. grrgrr

    grrgrr MDL Member

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    I'm using Avast free antivirus on XP.
     
  14. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Without support from MS, all you can do is minimize impact, XP simply cannot be completely secured, anymore.

    Avast! Free on XP is an old program version (18.8), newer versions don't work anymore. You still get signature updates, for the time being.
     
  15. case-sensitive

    case-sensitive MDL Senior Member

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    >Without support from MS, all you can do is minimize impact,

    Yes . Thanks .

    >XP simply cannot be completely secured

    Was it / is / can any system be completely secure ? :)
     
  16. ipx

    ipx MDL Addicted

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    qihoo's 360 total security supports windows xp.
     
  17. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    No, but the supported Windows OS are quickly patched by MS. Unsupported OS are usually left in a vulnerable state.
     
  18. Mr.Scienceman2000

    Mr.Scienceman2000 MDL Novice

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    Two things. First is firewall on network (pfsense) then AVG free antivirus and malwarebytes legacy.