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Kaspersky Lab-Protected Customers Still Using Windows XP

Despite Microsoft no longer selling or providing technical support for the Windows XP operating system, Kaspersky Lab found that 16.37 percent of Windows users were still working on computers running this outdated operating system as of June 2014. The "Windows usage and vulnerabilities research," which analyzed data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), also looked at the proportion of Windows XP users among all those using Kaspersky Lab's Windows-based products in each country.

According to KSN data from June 2014, the Windows XP operating system was used the most after Windows 7, which accounted for 63.40 percent of users. Kaspersky Lab protected computers running Windows 8 and 8.1 were used by 8.72 percent and 7.22 percent respectively.

Additionally, Kaspersky Lab analyzed the data of individual countries to assess the proportion of Windows XP users in each country. The United States only accounted for 4.52 percent of Kaspersky Lab protected computers using Windows XP. Vietnam had highest number of users, accounting for 38.79 percent. Additionally, China accounted for 27.35 percent, India had 26.88 percent and Algeria had nearly a quarter (24.25%) of users still working on Windows XP.

Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, Head of Vulnerability Research Team at Kaspersky Lab said:

"The Kaspersky Security Network statistics show that the XP epoch is finally coming to its end. However, a sizeable proportion of users still run this aging operating system. Its maintenance has been discontinued by Microsoft, which means that the manufacturer will no longer release security updates or patch vulnerabilities which may still exist in the system. Should virus writers find such a vulnerability, XP users will come under threat."

Although Windows XP is still being used, Kaspersky Lab has seen a decrease in popularity of this operating system. However, Kaspersky Lab still recommends that in order to minimize the risk of encountering attacks involving vulnerabilities, users should update their software regularly and use a reliable security solution equipped with technologies to counteract exploit attacks.

These technologies are incorporated in Kaspersky Lab's home user products - Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device and Kaspersky PURE - as well as in Kaspersky Lab corporate user solutions: Kaspersky Small Office Security and Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business.