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After almost 13 years, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. One note: if you've got an old version of Norton or Mc Afee from 2003 that came bundled with your aging laptop, uninstall it and install Microsoft Security Essentials (or pay for Kaspersky).
That means that unless you are a major government, no further security updates or patches will be available for the operating system. We've created a checklist: The final "patch Tuesday" (Microsoft's term for security updates) for Windows XP was issued on April 8, 2014. An out-of-date security app is basically like not having any security at all.
There's even a version of Linux that looks just like Windows XP. It's free and it runs on machines both old and new.
Even if your current laptop isn't powerful enough to run Windows 8.1, some version of Linux should work on it without a problem.
If that's the case, you might want to look at a Chromebook, which is inexpensive and offers a good experience for the web-centric user.
Although buying a Mac is more expensive, plenty of users prefer the experience, and the software available for Apple machines is easily on par with what you can get for Windows. Linux is far from perfect, but it has become much more usable in the last few years.
When Mom's Windows XP laptop died a few years ago, I insisted she get a Mac. Thanks to Ubuntu and distributions such as Linux Mint, using Linux no longer has to be scary.
But rather than spending 9 on software, you might want to look at getting a new computer or laptop.
Microsoft has a bunch of Windows 8.1 machines available on its website with special deals for Windows XP users.
Your web browser is often the place where most users wind up getting infected with a virus or malware.