Computer software giants Microsoft has urged customers to upgrade from Windows 98 as it pulled support for the software.
It said the product was ‘outdated’ and could expose users to security risks. It also said it wants users to upgrade to a more secure system, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible.
Microsoft added that customers who upgrade to Windows XP report ‘improved security, richer functionality, and increased productivity.’
Although it has ceased technical support and providing security updates for Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Me, Microsoft’s website will still offer help and advice for customers who continue using the software.
A Microsoft spokesman said Windows 98 and Windows Me were developed before the era of ‘sophisticated’ internet viruses.
He added: ‘These products have reached the point of architectural obsolescence. It would be irresponsible to convey a false sense of security by extending public support for this old product.