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Consumers, Businesses Upgrade Computers Due To Windows XP Retirement

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As of April 8, computers running Windows XP will no longer be protected from security threats or viruses As of April 8, computers running Windows XP will no longer be protected from security threats or viruses
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

When Microsoft pulls the plug on its popular operating system Windows XP, millions of computers will become more vulnerable to hackers.

“I would say at least 40 percent of the machines that come through here are running XP," said Ernest Davis, owner of One Source Computer Solutions in Spartanburg.

The program was released in 2001 and since then, Microsoft has protected users by sending out updates that virtually fill any holes in security criminals have dug.

But that will no longer happen and valuable information could soon end up in the wrong hands.

Best Buy has seen an increase in sales leading up to Tuesday's deadline.

The retailer is offering customers a $100 credit on a new laptop of desktop, if they trade-in their old computer with Windows XP.

“It is just something that is necessary,” says at-home business owner Liz White. “I don’t want to compromise my security or that of my customers."

“Having been hacked a little bit in the past, I just didn't want to open myself up to that again,” says Robin Yetter, who was shopping for a new computer Monday.

Local municipalities are also gearing up.

Officials in the City of Greenville tell 7 On Your Side they have replaced 100 computers recently, which cost about $90,000.

The City of Anderson had 46 computers still running XP. Officials decided to lease 45 new computers and will be upgrading the operating system on 15, at a cost of $1,800.

According to Davis, not all computers with Windows XP need to be overhauled.

“For general use, it is not going to make any difference."

Davis says if the computer is not hooked up the internet it is not at risk. But if the machine is being used to browse the web and store confidential information then an upgrade is necessary.

He recommends downloading Windows 7 because it is cheap and compatible with most computers, even older models.

Windows 8 can also be purchased for around $120, but many consumers have found it difficult to navigate.

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