01-19-2014 04:32 AM
Microsoft confirmed on Friday that it will continue to offer its malware scrubbing program to Windows XP users for more than a year after it stops patching the operating system.
"Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool is aligned with the company's anti-malware engines and signatures, and as such the removal tool will continue to be provided for Windows XP through July 14, 2015," a company spokesperson wrote in an email reply to questions.
The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is updated monthly as Microsoft targets specific major malware families it believes are the biggest threats at the time. It's distributed through Microsoft's Windows Update service and the business-grade Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) on "Patch Tuesday," the date each month when the company ships security patches and other fixes to customers. The MSRT automatically installs and then runs in a seek-and-destroy mission.
Users can also manually download the MSRT from Microsoft's website.
01-22-2014 02:39 PM
With this announcement, Microsoft has created confusion with the sunsetting Windows XP on 4/8. Microsoft has not changed the 4/8 date. As one blogger put it, after 4/8 the security holes will exist; you will just be getting updated shovels to empty them out.