Windows XP Support Ends: Install the Latest Windows XP Update, Service Packs and Patches
It should go without saying that if you have a PC running Windows XP, it should have the latest service packs and patches installed. Then again, it also should go without saying that any of these computers should also have not just done a Windows XP update, but migrated to Windows 8.1 by now.
And we know how that went…
So it’s worth checking that the PC under the desk is actually up-to-date — no sense in making this any easier for the bad guys. Microsoft’s Windows XP support website has all the details on the final Windows XP service packs.
While you’re at it, get rid of Internet Explorer on that machine. If you need a web browser, a non-Microsoft version such as Firefox or Opera will have fewer OS-level access points for malware to exploit, and both are still offering Windows XP support — at least for now.