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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Questions: Windows 7 Windows 7 Virus Protection post January 14, 2020

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    • #2013968 Reply

      AusJohn
      AskWoody Plus

      I intend to stay on Windows 7 after 14 January 2020, when Microsoft support for Windows 7 ends, which I think – from comments I’ve seen – is the position of many of the regular visitors to the AskWoody web site.

      I’ve just been reading the MS article “FAQ about Extended Security Updates for Windows 7” – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4527878/faq-about-extended-security-updates-for-windows-7 – and was surprised when I saw the following:

      Will Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) continue to protect my computer after the end of support?

      No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE after January 14, 2020. MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support.

      Maybe others knew this, but I hadn’t really given it any thought (until now). I presume MSE will still function, but that there won’t be any more definition updates.

      Question is – can anyone recommend a suitable alternative (free would be great, but if not then so be it) to MSE?

    • #2013977 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      This post has some suggestions.

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/how-to-switch-av-from-mse-to-bitdefender-at-eol/

      cheers, Paul

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      • #2013981 Reply

        AusJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Paul; some really useful information in the thread that you referenced.

        I’m tempted to try Bit Defender when I get a little free time.

        Cheers, John

    • #2013982 Reply

      Cybertooth
      AskWoody Plus

      I presume MSE will still function, but that there won’t be any more definition updates.

      FWIW, my Vista x64 systems can still take updates for Windows Defender (the earlier, less complete version), even though Vista went EOS in 2017. Although the updates eventually had to start getting downloaded and installed manually; and my Vista x86 systems won’t install WD updates (of the correct “bittedness”) either automatically or by hand.

      We won’t know for sure until then what Microsoft will do with Windows 7 come next January, but if Vista is any guide, you may well keep getting MSE updates for a good while afterward.

      BitDefender, though, is an excellent choice. I have it on my main Windows 7 machine.

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      • #2013985 Reply

        AusJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks; more interesting/useful information. From the posts I’ve seen so far, Bit Defender sounds like a good choice. Hard to beat “word of mouth”, whether praising or criticising something.

    • #2013991 Reply

      the_Unforgiven
      AskWoody Lounger

      https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

      https://www.av-comparatives.org/consumer/test-results/microsoft-windows/

      I use Kaspersky

       

      have a good 1 🙂 cheers

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