According to a report by Bitdefender, companies are refusing to let it go, leaving themselves wide open for malware attacks.
Ukraine tops the list of those who still can’t let go, with 41.2 per cent of businesses and public computers. Hungary and Romania closely follow, garnering 37.5 per cent and 34 per cent , respectively.
Runners-up are Poland with 24.05%, Republic of Moldova at 18.7 per cent , and Slovakia at 10.61 per cent . Other countries who made the list are Bulgaria, with six per cent. The Czech Republic has 4.7 per cent.
Liviu Arsene, threat analyst for Bitdefender said that some were using Windows XP because of legacy issues with proprietary applications and systems. Some internal software on company’s systems has not been updated, which in result makes them incompatible with newer OSes, like Windows 7 and 8.1.
Arsene said it was jolly dangerous as the Windows XP machines could be a gateway for hackers to infiltrate a computer. “Migrating to a more recent version won’t just add features, it will also increase security,” Arsene said.
He foresees Windows XP’s usage to further dwindle globally and in the Europe in the future, as he believes that the security implications of staying with XP can no longer be ignored.