Options available for Windows XP users

• If you must keep using XP: Make sure you’ve got updated anti-malware programs, use Chrome or Firefox to browse the Web, and don’t store or transmit sensitive information on your PC. Better still, disconnect from the Internet and only use software that’s already installed.

• Consider upgrading to Windows 7 or 8, but be advised: Windows 7 is getting harder to find, and older computers may lack the memory and processing power to support Windows 8.

• Maybe it’s time to buy a new computer: Check out the new Windows-based PCs, or maybe a Mac or Chromebook, which use operating systems from Apple and Google. For smaller budgets, consider a tablet.

– SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News reporting