Although the Windows 7 operating system released in 2009 still has a 25% market share, Microsoft’s official free antivirus software, Security Essentials, is due to end on January 14, 2020. Over the years, Microsoft Security Essentials has become a pre-installed Windows Defender security software for the Windows 8.1/Windows 10 operating system. Not only does it combine to perform more, but it also includes many other features.
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Microsoft isn’t using much ink on Security Essentials, but the software giant did confirm in a recent support article that the free software won’t continue to protect users’ computers after the support period has expired.
MSE is a security software unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle as this operating system. As a result, users will no longer be protected after January 14, 2020.
Of course, this does not mean that Windows 7 users will lose free security altogether, after all, there are many security vendors on the market that are offering similar products, such as Avast Antivirus, which says they will continue to support the platform.
But as the Windows 7 operating system gradually loses support from vendors, customers who need it are also asked to upgrade to the updated Windows 10 operating system this morning to enjoy the free security provided by Windows Defender.