After reaching it’s EOL, Windows 7 has become something of a Wild West.  Unless you’re eligible for the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, you will no longer receive free security updates from Microsoft- leaving your PC vulnerable, unless you take extra precautions to secure it.

As of now, only selected businesses still receive the updates- and they come at a cost.  For everyone else, it’s strongly recommended to secure yourself with antivirus software.

AV-TEST, a German antivirus testing laboratory with connections in the antivirus industry, contacted leading antivirus vendors to see who plans to still stick around for Windows 7.

Here’s the feedback they received:

Manufacturer Support information
AhnLab No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
AVG & Avast No end of support announced, at least another 2 years – further details
Avira Support ends in November 2022 – further details
Bitdefender No end of support announced, at least another 2 years – further details
BullGuard No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Carbon Black No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
ESET No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
FireEye No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
F-Secure No end of support announced, at least until December 2021
G Data No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Ikarus No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Kaspersky No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
K7 Computing No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
McAfee No end of support announced, at least until December 2021 – further details
Microsoft (Security Essentials) End of support for program updates, still offering only signature updates (without an end date) – further details
Microworld No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
PC Matic No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Quickheal No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Seqrite No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
Sophos Support on-premise until December 2020, Cloud-managed until June 2021
Symantec / NortonLifeLock No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
ThreatTrack / Vipre No end of support announced, at least another 2 years
TotalAV No end of support announced, at least 1 year
Trend Micro No end of support announced, at least another 2 years – further details

With the exception of one or two, it looks like all the major antivirus software vendors will continue to provide support for Windows 7, past its End of Life.  The vendors who officially announced their plans to end support give the user at least a full year to switch over; so those affected have plenty of time to make the switch to an Antivirus that’s active for the OS.

Source: AV-test, Via: zdnet

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