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eBay switches off native Windows XP support

By Chris Dawson October 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

eBay have announced that they too (as well as PayPal) will be turning off support for SSL 3.0. It was revealed that a Poodle security hole in SSL 3.0 made it undesirable to continue to support the outdated security protocol.

Both PayPal and eBay both support TLS, a more up to date protocol which essentially does the same thing. eBay say that they’re disconnecting SSL 3.0 as a precautionary measure, and that’s where things get tricky.

Windows XPIf you use Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 7 or above, Safari or Opera 5 or above everything will still work for you. However if you’re using Windows XP and haven’t downloaded an alternative browser to the default Windows Explorer then you’re in trouble. Windows XP doesn’t support any version of Internet Explorer higher than version 6 so some parts of eBay will stop working.

eBay and PayPal won’t be the only websites turning off SSL 3.0 support. Windows XP is a very old operating system now, but many thousands of people still use it, including many corporates who have never upgraded not liking Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 and that’s despite Microsoft no longer supply security updates.

If you are still running Windows XP the best advice is to download an alternative browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox. Better still it’s time to bite the bullet and buy a new computer, you can get a pretty decent laptop now for well under £300 running Windows 8.1 – It’ll be way faster and more importantly everything will work!

  • JD
    3 years ago

    Chris, IE7 runs fine on XP SP2. Where did you get your info?

  • Mark
    3 years ago

    I don’t think anyone can complain about eBay dropping support for a 13 year old operating system!

  • Roger C
    3 years ago

    Maybe so . . . but as a “no frills” sound, secure operating system XP has yet to be bettered by Microsoft. Hence why it’s logo can be seen on so many monitors.

    Microsoft are unable to “kill XP” so they’re hoping “security issues” will force third party vendors to do the job for them.

    But, for those of us that struggled with Windows 98, who would have thought Microsoft wanted rid of the one piece of software that stopped the rot and turned the company around? A strange world indeed.

  • 3 years ago

    Since there are three times as many Win XP PC users as tyhere are Apple PC users. Why not drop apple?

  • 3 years ago

    HOW TO FIX THE SSL CONNECTION ISSUE – By Daniel Stubbs http://www.stubbsdomains.co.uk

    I have just spent 2 hours around a friends house solving an SSL connection issue. This issue was affecting all SSL secure sites, including access to PayPal. The screen came up with a SSL connection error, that initially looked like the internet had dropped out. But most other websites loaded fine. Very Strange. I have never seen anything like this and it took me a while to work it out. However, I did get it cracked eventually. It turned out to be quite simple to fix. I imagine this issue is causing people a lot of issues, so I thought I would share how to solve the problem.

    This is a worrying issue because it apparently established itself. I wonder whether an automatic update was to responsible for this SSL connection issue. This issue was apparent in both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, here’s how I fixed both of them.

    To Fix Firefox

    To fix this issue, first download the latest version of Firefox as a download file on your computer. Then you may want to backup your bookmarks. Go to BOOKMARKS, SHOW ALL BOOKMARKS, IMPORT AND BACKUP, BACKUP and save your bookmarks file to an easy to access file folder. You are going to need to uninstall Firefox completely, and then re-install it. Merely updating to the latest version of firefox, will not solve this issue. Go to START, CONTROL PANEL, PROGRAMS, UNINSTALL A PROGRAM, find Firefox. Uninstall completely. Once uninstalled, find the download file you just downloaded a moment ago (Normally in the Downloads section, go to START, COMPUTER, and its in the top left corner under Favourites.) Launch the FireFox setup file to re-install FireFox from scratch back on to your computer. This will solve the issue.

    To Fix Internet Explorer

    You may want to backup your bookmarks before starting this procedure. Once you’ve done this click on the cog/gear wheel in the upper right of the internet explorer window, and go to Internet Options. Go to the Advanced tab on the top right hand corner. At the bottom of this page is an option to Reset Internet Explorer Settings. Click the Reset button, this will bring up an “are you sure screen”, click on reset to confirm the reset. You will need to close and re-open the internet explorer application after resetting. This should solve the issue.

    If for some reason this does not work. You will need to roll back to an earlier version of windows (my friend was running IE 9 on an old XP machine) and then do the above RESET procedure again.

    It turns out you can’t actually find Internet Explorer as a PROGRAM to uninstall the same way as any other application. Thanks very much for that Microsoft by the way! So to roll back to an earlier version of windows, you need to uninstall an Internet Explorer Update. To do this go to START, ALL PROGRAMS, and go to WINDOWS UPDATE. Click on VIEW UPDATE HISTORY, At the top of this page is a link to INSTALLED UPDATED. Click on this. Depending on the speed of your computer, this may take a while to load up fully. Go down to the section for MICROSOFT WINDOWS. In that section somewhere you will find a file that says WINDOWS INTERNET EXPLORER, followed by a version number. Click on this, go to the top part of the page and click on UNINSTALL. Follow this through to roll back to windows 8. You will need to reboot your whole computer, or do a full shutdown, and then turn it back on again. When it loads up, it probably will have rolled back to Version 8.

    Once you’ve done this click on the cog/gear wheel in the upper right of the internet explorer window, and go to Internet Options. Go to the Advanced tab on the top right hand corner. At the bottom of this page is an option to Reset Internet Explorer Settings. Click the Reset button, this will bring up an “are you sure screen”, click on reset to confirm the reset. You will need to close and re-open the internet explorer application after resetting. This should solve the issue.

    I HOPE THIS WAS USEFUL
    DANIEL STUBBS
    STUBBS DOMAINS

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