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Someone connected Windows XP to the internet, and it didn't survive long

May 20, 2024
XDA Developers
Summary
Simon Batt's article discusses the severe risks of connecting Windows XP to the internet in 2024, as demonstrated by Eric Parker on YouTube. Parker's experiment revealed that even without browsing, simply connecting a Windows XP virtual machine online makes it extremely vulnerable to malware, due to its outdated security measures. Hackers can easily scan and target these systems, flooding them with viruses almost immediately. Despite disabling the firewall, which admittedly increased the risk, Parker's scan using Malwarebytes identified eight distinct viruses that had infiltrated the system merely by being online. The article strongly suggests avoiding the use of such outdated systems and instead indulging nostalgia through non-operational means like old wallpapers.
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