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Windows XP: There’s life in the old dog yet

One anti-malware company is ready to provide extended support for Microsoft Windows XP users that want to keep running the OS after it has reached its end-of-life date on 8 April.

Related: Top 4 ways small businesses can protect themselves against the end of Windows XP

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is planning to provide long-term protection against malware and other threats that could befall those continuing to use Windows XP, according to Digital Trends.

The suite includes a rootkit scanner as well as browser-based security tools that give users protection from tainted links, adware and anything else that could be lurking online as a threat to Windows XP.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium offering also comes with Chameleon that allows users to force the PC to reset and start a malware scan even if a malware attack has caused the device to severely malfunction.

One of the main reasons behind Malwarebytes extending support for XP is that 20 per cent of its user base still uses the OS, meaning a significant chunk will still need support after it has reached its EOL in a matter of weeks.

This isn’t the only way that users can protect a PC that still runs Windows XP with Microsoft offering its own anti-malware support until 14 July 2015 and cloud providers are also trying to cash in on the Windows XP EOL.

Google is one company looking to take advantage and has teamed up with cloud specialists VMware to add access to Windows desktops through its line of affordable Chromebook laptops.

Related: Google adds Windows desktop access to Chromebooks

Any companies interested in the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium approach are reminded that it costs around $25 [£15] a year and provides protection for up to three different PCs.