How long will 3rd party anti-malware companies support XP?

How long will 3rd party anti-malware companies support XP?

Summary: Nearly all significant anti-malware vendors have announced they will extend support for Windows XP users for at least one year, most for two or more.

TOPICS: Security, Windows

Microsoft will keep on supplying signatures for Microsoft Security Essentials, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to use Microsoft Security Essentials.

In fact, it's a bad idea to continue using Windows XP even now for plenty of reasons, but if you're not letting go of it, then one of the things you should do is to get a better antivirus program. There are plenty of them and nearly all of them have announced that they will support Windows XP for at least another year, usually at least 2 years.

This information comes from a survey of anti-malware vendors performed by, a leading test lab for such software.

AV-Test continues to perform regular tests on these products on various operating systems including Windows XP. Among the highest-ranking products in the most recent tests were big names like Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2014. These companies will continue support for consumers on Windows XP until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Other products for which support will be extended for at least one more year are listed below. See the AV-Test report for more details on specific vendors.

  • AVG
  • Avast
  • Avira
  • Bitdefender
  • Bullguard
  • Check Point / ZoneAlarm
  • Comodo
  • ESET
  • Fortinet
  • F-Secure
  • G Data
  • K7 Computing
  • Kaspersky Lab
  • Kingsoft
  • McAfee
  • Microworld
  • Norman
  • Panda Security
  • Qihoo 360
  • Quickheal
  • Sophos
  • Tencent
  • ThreatTrack / Vipre
  • Trend Micro
  • Webroot

Note Symantec/Norton is not included in this list. According to AV-Test they have not announced their plans yet.

Topics: Security, Windows

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  • Just upgraded my desktop to Win 7

    I couldn't be happier. I had to purchase a new video card to make 7 usable, but a small price to pay to have a computer that will be functional (barring hardware failures) and secure until January 2020.
  • * * * 3rd Party ANYTHING? * * *

    As long as people continue to use XP, it should be available.
    . . P E R I O D ! ! !
    • Reason?

      In all basics, it's NOT like storing material parts like vehicles in a warehouse somewhere.
      3rd party "X" doesn't take up any real space.
      There will ALWAYS be someone using older OS's, it's only human to keep things that work. You're right, I HATE this throwaway society. So what!
    • what should be available?

      Are you saying XP should be available? Microsoft isn't stopping anyone from using XP, but it's reasonable that their obligation to provide support for it should be limited in time. Like I think i said in the article, *nobody* supports software for longer than Microsoft, and some (Apple in particular) don't even have published policies for their product lifecycles. They just stop selling and supporting products and don't say when or why.
      Larry Seltzer
      • Yup....

        OS X 10.9 is out. 10.7 support is gone. Last OS X 10.8 is October.
      • Apple policies should not be the criteria by which we judge

        Perhaps free AV solutions should go away, but as long as people are willing to pay for them, they should be kept going - after all, all programs that I am aware of use the very same signature files for every version of Windows.
      • What about Linux?

        Nobody supports hardware longer than Microsoft? Linux comes to mind immediately. They just ended support for the 386! There was a change that was going to break support for ancient (15-year-old) Rage videocards (we're talking PCI) but one person's patch resolved it and now they're still supported. Ask those of us whose CD changers stopped working in XP about how long Microsoft supports hardware - although it's also up to 3rd party manufacturers. When Win7 came out, HP dropped support for a whole host of fairly new printers. All of those printers continued to be supported under Linux. AMD recently dropped support for a range of video cards such as the HD4xxx series, etc. Linux continues to support my HD4670 video card.

        You might need to do a little bit of homework if you're looking at brand new equipment (certain laptops with brand new chips, etc.) but the thing about Linux is that when you have hardware that works, you can be assured it's going to work almost forever (or apparently at least 15-17 years). I'm on my sixth version of my Linux OS and I've been able to upgrade each time without any fear of losing support. Meanwhile, since I switched from XP in 2010 my video card is no longer supported under Windows and Epson stopped making their own printer drivers so my Epson printer only has the minimalistic Windows built-in support. I just checked and the extra features of my wireless mouse and keyboard also were not supported past XP. I won't even get into the fact that Linux is able to run on a 2005/6 era laptop someone gave me, including all the media keys and other features...

        The only real OS that I've never had to be afraid of upgrading has been Linux.
        • HW Support vs SW Support

          While Linux may be better in its support of old hardware, the support of a particular release of a distro (such as Ubuntu 10.04 - April 2010) is more limited.

          Most Ubuntu releases (which occur every six months) were supported for 18 months (now 9 months), while Long Term Support releases (which come out every two years) were supported for 3 years, but now for 5 years.

          I won't speak for the support practices of other distros. Others will certainly know more than I about that.
    • Errrr.....

      You can use Windows XP for as long as you want. It isn't timebombed. Microsoft said it will actually allow activations of Win XP after April 8th as well as getting updates that were released on April 8th or prior.
      As for "third party" applications, it is up to them. But think about it from their prospective: Supporting Win XP probably also means hiring people. It costs money to support a product where they may not get any revenue from. Why do you think manufacturers give you a year support for a new computer and want you to pay for additional years.
  • Same Old Same Old

    The question posed, and this article, could have been copied almost verbatim from back when Win98 was upgraded to Win98, and WinNT to Win2k. Every single time, we get the same old story, rehashed over and over. Almost as if it's a scare tactic used to push customers into upgrading when they have no need to.

    The short answer, which anyone I this industry should know, is that vendors will support older software just as long as the customers are willing to pay for the support. In the case of anti-virus vendors, that means they will provide updates just so long as their customers pay for software subscriptions.

    To suggest otherwise does nothing more than give credence to the "scare them into buying" theory.
  • If we all lived in a Walgreen Perfect World. Alas, we don't.

    Speaking of 'ole Win XP, I noticed last summer when Colorado was suffering those wild fires (as well as other Western locals), that when the national news media showed video of the government's command center in charge of coordinating fire fighting efforts, I noticed that the computers in use where all running Win XP.

    It's not just grandma and grandpa with their old computers running Win XP but Government agencies that perhaps are fiscally challenged. I suspect that updating their "perfectly performing" computer systems is rather low on their departmental priority list of things to do when other concerns might require more immediate attention.
  • windows xp

    hey all, so if i wanted to internet browse on an xp computer and i never put out any email address or any personal info would i be safe. would a hacker only be able to hack into that computer and if none of my personal info would be on it because i wiped the hard drive and raw installed a new windows xp operating system would that keep me safe. just curious because i do have windows 7 on another pc. thanks.
    1 poorguy