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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Questions: Windows 7 Will they cut off MSE next year?

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    • #319525 Reply


      When they cut off Win 7 next year, will MSE still be updated or am I going to have to convince my boss to buy an antivirus for the one Windows box in the building?

    • #319538 Reply

      Da Boss

      Are MS obliged to continue supporting MSE after Jan 2020?
      Considering it’s for Windows 7 and MSE is free..I’d say start looking for a
      a third party AV for beyond W7 EOL in 3/4 of this year.

      ********** Win7 x64/x86 | Win8.1 x64 | Linux Hybrids x64 **********

    • #319574 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      FWIW, Vista and XP are still getting updates for Windows Defender.

      This doesn’t preclude MS from getting aggressive against Windows 7 systems and cutting them off next year, but it may be a hopeful sign.


      • #319575 Reply

        AskWoody MVP

        You mean definition updates and not program updates, right?


        • #319597 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger

          That’s correct.

          Don’t know about MSE program updates since I don’t use MSE.



      • #319578 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        Of course, Windows Defender doesn’t do much on pre-Win8 systems either.

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        • #319606 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger

          Windows Defender on Vista has a feature where it asks your explicit permission for programs trying to make changes to the registry. This feature seems to have been removed from the Windows 7 version of WD; maybe they decided it wasn’t useful but I haven’t seen an explanation for the removal. On the face of it, it would seem to be useful in preventing malicious drivers from doing their thing.

          (Note to mods: I don’t see where to add attach an attachment; what happened to it?)

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            AskWoody Lounger

            The attachment function is back. Here’s the Vista WD screenshot I’d wanted to attach to my previous post:



    • #319647 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Here are some fairly recent links about Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 7, it looks like there is nothing “absolutely official from Microsoft” that my searchs have found yet. I am not sure if the ‘ / forum’ is official or just some poster advice. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld posts “Microsoft will probably rehash a move it made with Windows XP after Windows 7’s public support expires: Continue to provide antivirus (AV) signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software.” I am including one link from digital trends about the ‘so called’ best free antivirus programs just to give people an idea, search that and get a thousand different opinions. If anyone finds any definite answer please post, may help many.

      As a side note, I do not see below this posting box, the “Attachement – Select File” button.


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      Dear (other) anonymous, you should expect that mse will stop working at some point after win7 goes eol.   This may be after a brief grace period, during which mse will produce angry red toaster popup warnings.  Beyond that, not only will mse program updates stop, but virus signature downloads will as well, and mse will simply refuse to do anything other than tell  you that your os is unsupported.  My prognostication is based on past experience with winxp and vista.  Many anti-virus vendors will drop win7 support eventually, although I see that avast and  (I think) bitdefender are still supporting vista.

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