Microsoft Extends XP Antimalware Software

Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 01:01 PM gHale

Microsoft will extend support for its antimalware software for Windows XP into 2015.

Microsoft said it would discontinue support for Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, System Center Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune running on Windows XP on the same day that support for the OS itself ends – April 8, 2014.

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That meant Windows XP users would immediately stop receiving new malware signatures and engine updates on that date, even though Microsoft would still be providing updates for the same software running on Windows Vista and later.

In blog post, Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center group said the company decided to give XP users another year.

“To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015,” the post said.

While the extension is good news, Microsoft tempers that by saying in its blog, “Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.”

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