I, too, still use XP (Pro), and I've noticed that when I do get a Microsoft 'update' notice, now-a-days, it's usually to do an update for MS-Defender, (I think they call it or used to call it..), which is Microsoft anti-virus/anti-malware's program. It just wants to update it's virus signature database. Once I've determined that, I let it do the update. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS check to see whose - and what - updates are being presented to me to be download to my computer, rather than letting them "automatically" install themselves...!!! The one exception to that rule is that my own, personal, anti-virus/anti-malware program, (Avast Free), which does it's virus signature file updates automatically. (It will, however, occasionally ask me if I want to "try" it's professional version as a download, which, of course, is not free). To date, I've declined any such 'kind' invitations to do so. I hope this helps you decide what's going on with your computer when you do get XP "updates" from Microsoft. You do NOT have to "let" any program, (well almost, any..), "automatically" update their program files on your computer and I'd advise you to make your computer ask for permission to do ANY updates. There is a setting in your Control Panel, under Automatic Updates, where you can select that option rather than the "automatic" option. However, I did note that when I use that option, (to manually update from Microsoft's Update website), that if I didn't turn the "automatic" function "on" - plus use Microsoft's Explorer browser - it' wouldn't let download any available or optional "updates"..! Thus, I would turn on the "automatic" function first and turn it off when I was done, using MS-Explorer to make Microsoft happy about "giving" me their updates..!
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