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Microsoft Ending Support For Windows XP Tuesday

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(CBS) - Computer owners across the nation are faced with a decision.

On Tuesday Microsoft will stop supporting machines that use its popular XP operating system.

The change could leave millions of people vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Windows XP was released in 2001. Since then Microsoft has offered several new operating systems, but millions of Americans never upgraded.

According to Dan Ackerman, Senior Editor at CNET, 25-30 percent of computers are still running on Windows XP.

When hackers found a weakness in XP in the past, Microsoft would send out an update to seal those security holes.

Now those defense measures are going away, giving hackers a way in to grab personal information.

The change won't just affect computers. Some ATMs also use the XP operating system, but experts do not believe consumer's money is in danger.

Bank of America and Chase say their ATMs will continue to receive Microsoft support after the April 8 cut off. Wells Fargot told CBS News it is also working with Microsoft to upgrade ATMs.

CNET's Ackerman tells anyone who still has Windows XP to seriously start thinking about getting a new computer.

He says people who continue to use XP are putting themselves at risk.

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