One of the important components of Windows 7 is the integrated Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus, designed to protect users from infected software and other vulnerabilities. In anticipation of the end of technical support for an outdated operating system, Microsoft decided to share information about the fate of the antivirus.
The situation with the antivirus turned out to be ambiguous. At first, Microsoft announced that it, like Windows 7, would lose relevance after January 14th. Here is the literal translation of the message from the company representative:
“No, Windows 7 computers will not be protected by Microsoft Security Essentials after January 14, 2020. MSE was specifically designed for Windows 7 and has the same life cycle as the operating system.”
However, a week later, the company decided to add further clarity to this issue. As it turned out, Microsoft spoke only about the software component, while anti-virus databases will be regularly updated.
It’s too early to talk about the complete cessation of support for Security Essentials. Microsoft has already demonstrated that it is ready to release security updates even for irrelevant products. So, in 2017, to solve the problem with the WannaCry virus, patches were released even for such an outdated system like Windows XP.