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Over 16% of PC users who provided information global network Kaspersky Security Network, in June 2014, said they are still working on computers that were running Windows XP, which may have implications for information security. This is just one of the issues arising from research carried out by Kaspersky Lab experts in the summer of 2014.
Utlizatorii computers running operating systems which old or outdated versions of software is likely to be targets of malicious attacks that exploit vulnerabilities.
The study calculated the share of Windows XP users the total number of users of Kaspersky Lab products for Windows, in each country. According to research, most users of Windows XP is in Vietnam, with 38.79%. Second place is occupied by China, with 27.35% of users, followed by India with 26.88% and Algeria with almost a quarter of the users (24.25%) who are still loyal to the renowned operating system.
About one in five computers protected by Kaspersky Lab products running Windows XP still in Italy (20.31%) and Spain (19.26%). A smaller percentage of users - 4.52%, still using Windows XP in the USA.
Although technical support for users of Windows XP was discontinued only in April 2014, sales of Windows XP ended since 2010 this has not greatly affected its popularity: According to information obtained by Kaspersky Lab experts in June 2011 to one year after cessation of sales, 48.86% of users still ran Windows XP. After another year, in June 2012, the number of users of Windows XP was 35.64% and in June 2013 the number reached 25.42%. In other words, the popularity of Windows XP has dropped by about 10% every year. The decline was not significantly influenced by external events that could accelerate as the release of Windows 8.1 in October 2013 or cessation support services for Windows XP: in November 2013, the percentage was 21 XP users, 42%, and by June 2014 it had dropped to 16.37%, resulting in a decline of 5.05%, or about half the total annual decline in the popularity of Windows XP.
By comparison, Windows 8.1, the newest operating system Windows had a market share of 7.22% in June 2014 result obtained is 1% higher than that obtained by the precursor of Windows 8, in the equivalent period : from October 2012 to June 2013 was installed on Windows 8 computers to 6.22% of users of Kaspersky Lab. Increasing the number of users of Windows 8.1 could be correlated with the fact that Windows 8 was the first Microsoft operating system that allowed updates versions of Windows app store, via the integrated client. In addition, Windows 8 users had free choice to move to Windows 8.1, this plays an important role in the adoption of the new version.



Countries with the largest number of users who have adopted the new version of the operating system, are the United States (16.27%), Germany (11.17%), United Kingdom (10.79%) and France (10.31% ). Far behind them was Italy (8.1%), Russia (5.14%) and India (2.91%)
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"Kaspersky Security Network statistics show that XP era comes to an end," said Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, Head of Vulnerability Research Team at Kaspersky Lab. "However, a sizeable proportion of users still running outdated operating system. Maintenance has been discontinued by Microsoft, meaning that the manufacturer will not release security updates for vulnerabilities correction or packages may still exist in the system. If virus writers will also find a vulnerability, XP users will be in danger, "Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky end.
To minimize the risk of attacks involving vulnerabilities, Kaspersky Lab experts recommend that users update their software regularly and use a reliable security solution, equipped with technology capable of counter attacks exploits.
These technologies are incorporated in Kaspersky Lab products for individual users - Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky PURE Multi-Device, as well as corporate solutions: Kaspersky Small Office Security and Kaspersky Endpoint Security Business.

Source:http://www.kaspersky.com/