The majority of top antivirus and digital security platforms have confirmed their commitment towards sending out security updates to antivirus software installed on Windows 7 OS. Simply put, even if Microsoft may have ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, most of the reputed and reliable antivirus solution providers have indicated that they would continue to support the now-obsolete operating system.
Microsoft officially ending support for Windows 7 has been a devastating blow to the users of the operating system. Windows 7 has been one of the most used operating systems, but Microsoft has apparently remained committed to pulling back free support. A report compiled by the German antivirus testing institute AV-Test has come as a reprieve for Windows 7 loyalists. The report confirms that the majority of popular antivirus software developers will continue to support Windows 7, at least for the next two years. Combined with the commitment offered by third-party security patch developer 0Patch, Windows 7 users can consider stretching their usage, despite Microsoft’s numerous messages urging them to upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft Windows 7 Will Continue To Receive Security Updates, Not From Microsoft But From Third-Party Antivirus Solutions:
Microsoft Windows 7 is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely used operating systems. Windows 7 is a decade-old OS that managed to garner millions of installations. After Microsoft confirmed it would stop sending out critical and security updates to Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, there were many migrations to Windows 10.
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While the trend showed a decline for some time, the latest NetMarketShare usage stats suggest that it is still installed on over 25 percent of desktop devices worldwide. This means there are millions of computers still running Windows 7 OS. Enterprise customers and businesses have the option to buy support extensions for up to three years. These are premium options and the costs will rise every year. Moreover, Microsoft decided against making the same offer to users of Home versions of Windows 7.
This directly means a significant portion of Windows 7 installations are currently exposed to risks and threats from malicious code writers and hackers who might discover new vulnerabilities and exploits. In fact, one such security flaw was discovered inside Internet Explorer. Understanding the need to protect Windows 7 installations, especially when Microsoft won’t, quite a few antivirus product makers appear to have confirmed they would continue to send security updates to the antivirus solutions installed and working on Windows 7 PCs.
Antivirus Solution Providers To Offer Only Partial Protection To Windows 7:
It is interesting to note that some of Microsoft’s products and most third-party products continue to support Windows 7 at least for the time being. However, this doesn’t mean it is absolutely safe to continue using Windows 7 OS for daily work or on a PC that remains connected to the internet. Security vulnerabilities and threats discovered inside Windows 7, and other platforms that work within the OS ecosystem, are now extremely vulnerable for mass exploitation.
Simply put, antivirus solutions never provide 100 percent protection. The risk is compounded when it comes to operating systems that are not supported with security patches from the main developer anymore. Nonetheless, a reliable antivirus solution may prevent certain attacks or reduce the impact that these attacks have, especially if it is updated regularly.
— Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) January 28, 2020
German antivirus testing institute AV-Test reached out to popular antivirus product makers and confirmed which of them would continue to support Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system after support end, and for how long. According to the received information, most antivirus solutions continue to be supported on Windows 7 for at least two years. Essentially, all the companies have indicated that they continue to support their antivirus solution with signature updates, at least for the time being.
It is interesting to note that Microsoft Security Essentials, the antivirus platform that Microsoft developed, will continue to receive signature updates even if the program won’t be updated. Some of the notable antivirus solutions that will continue to send signature updates include Sophos, McAfee, F-Secure, Avira, AVG, Avast, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Quickheal, Symantec / Norton, TotalAV, Trend Micro, and others.