If I leave the IE8 on Windows XP Mode, but never use it, is there a way I can be hacked by him once Microsoft stops support for Windows XP?

Original title: Windows XP in virtual mode

I have Windows 7.1 with Windows XP in virtual mode so that I can use older products, not supported by 7.1.  In virtual XP mode, there is an Internet Explorer 8.  I understand that after Microsoft eliminates support for XP that can cause future security issues.  I run the latest version of Internet Explorer on my Windows 7.1.  If I leave the IE8 on the virtual XP mode but never use it, is there a way I can be hacked through it?  Should I remove the IE8 completely of the virtual Windows XP?

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If you never use IE (any version), it cannot be 'hacked '.

If you wanted to be doubly secured, you can prevent accidental use by uninstalling...

  • Open the Control Panel - Add or remove programs
  • Remove IE8 (and IE7 if necessary) - click to highlight, then click on remove
  • Click Add/Remove Windows components
  • Uncheck the box Internet Explorer and click Next

Tricky

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