How vulnerable Windows XP is in this day and age

YouTuber Eric Parker presented a video in which he installed Windows XP in a virtual machine by disabling Firewall and Defender. See what happened after a while.

Windows XP

An interesting experiment was done by YouTuber Eric Parker wanting to see how secure Windows XP is in this day and age, since they have to receive security update for 10 years, that is, since 2014.

Installed Windows XP disabling Firewall and Defender to make them vulnerable and connected to the internet. Within minutes, there was already suspicious activity on his system. Malware had started taking over the system and after two hours, it had significantly increased its presence on the computer.

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Searching for Windows XP, the YouTuber found files that tried to work legitimately, with one of them looking like it was made by Microsoft (“Microsoft Compilation” to be exact, not Microsoft Corporation) and another by Google.

A file named svchost.exe appeared to appear to be from Microsoft to trick the victim. Finally, after a while, he installed and ran Malwarebytes, and after scanning the Windows XP computer, a total of eight malicious files were detected. As you can see in the image below, these were mainly classified as trojans, adware and backdoor malware.

windows xp in 2024 malware test 2

The experiment in question is interesting as there are still computers around the world running ancient software, specifically Windows XP.

Windows XP is used by some military installations, as backend for machines for medical purposes (eg X-Ray, MRT, etc), as support for CNC-machines, as terminal support for pos-Systems (Point Of Sale), as a terminal backend for ATMs and a bunch of other apps.

SysOps are reluctant to change, especially if the systems are running smoothly. In addition if you change the software on some machines, they would probably lose their certificates and new software would not be able to work properly on the old hardware.

So Windows XP is still heavily targeted as it is still widely used, mostly on systems that have been set up once and never modified because they never stopped working.

Of course, when you connect to the internet without a firewall you will have all the ports open and as a result you will be vulnerable no matter what operating system you have. Even with the latest. On the other hand, an old software that no longer receives security updates is more likely to be compromised by existing bugs.

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Written by Dimitris

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  1. The previous ones are right. Why did you download the firewall and not install an antivirus?
    Does he do the same on his modern computer?
    And also, how did you "connect it to the internet"? With built-in IE, I don't think so, because it doesn't open many of the modern pages.
    I necessarily have a XP in a virtual machine due to some ancient technical program.
    The firewall is in place, and the AVG antivirus is old, but getting definition updates.
    From internet browsers it only picks up old versions, Chrome 49.0 and Firefox ESR 59.2. Browsing is relatively good, but some services are not running, e.g. Dropbox login page does not open, Google drive does not load, etc.
    But the machine has been running for years without a problem.

  2. As Old User wrote in any software if you disable the firewall you will get the same results. In addition, he should also tell us from which site he attached the Trojan. That is, if I install XP with an activated firewall and installed anti-malware and do not enter "strange" sites or use torrents, will I get the same viruses?

  3. I won't claim that a system that has 10 years to update is safe
    but also in windows 11 if you close antivirus and firewall you may have the same and even worse results.
    The article is judged as misleading - let's write something to earn a living.
    Do the same test with an active antivirus (not free) and then we will be able to judge the operating system (XP).

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