Despite the Microsoft official announcement to stop all support for all devices running Windows 7 last January, Avast Antivirus has announced that the Antivirus will still be working and giving the protection of your device from hackers. According to Martin Zima, Avast senior product manager for protection products report, globally, about 26% of PC users are still using Windows 7, the operating system (OS) that as of January 14 will no longer receive technical support in the form of updates and patches from Microsoft.
Since maintenance of an operating system is difficult and costly, and Microsoft prefers to focus on its latest OS, Windows 10. Thus, like any other OS, Windows 7 had its lifespan, and in January 2015 Microsoft ended mainstream support for it. That meant that there were no improvements or new features added, but it was patched for vulnerabilities and fixed for bugs, remaining a safe operating system. In January 2020, Windows ended this support as well.
According to research Avast, more than a 1/3 of PC customers have Windows 7 installed, which is largely due to ongoing preference for the product versus newer versions. Ending support for Windows 7 by Microsoft has the operating system vulnerable to cyberattacks that seek to exploit unpatched flaws.
“In the interest of Avast Antivirus users’ security and privacy, Avast will continue to provide virus definition updates for Windows 7 for those who are unable or do not wish to make the switch to Windows 10. The question is, how long will Avast continue to support Windows 7?.
The protection by Avast Antivirus will still be on for at least 2 years. So far there is no speedy increase in the migration of users to Windows 10 and have not set any hard deadline for the support.
What will happen if you purchase an Avast Premium Security license and decide to change your OS from Windows 7
You will always be able to transfer your subscription. You will simply require an activation code or Avast account login credentials. You can find more information about that on Avast support pages. Your Avast protection does not change, whether you are using Avast Free Antivirus or Premium Security.
Windows 7 as a registered user, you will still benefit from the most up-to-date protection against viruses, malware, and other threats but please be aware that the risk of using an unsupported operating system does increase over time.
What is the Risk associated with Avast Protection of Windows 7
The only risk is the use of unsupported software, including operating systems, with that, you are open to potential vulnerabilities and malware that might exploit your device. Usually, when a vulnerability is found, Windows releases a patch, but it is not going to be the case for Windows 7 anymore.
Second, the end of support for an operating system means that other software and hardware companies at some point will stop supporting it with their own programs/hardware. It won’t happen overnight, don’t worry. Google announced that it will continue supporting its Chrome browser on Windows 7 for at least 18 months after the Microsoft announcement.
Using reliable antiviruses, such as Avast Free Antivirus or Premium Security, becomes even more critical. (If you’re not an Avast user, you can choose the right product for yourself. You also need to find alternatives to the built-in software.
Microsoft will not roll out updates for it as well. These include applications such as browsers (Internet Explorer), and media player (Windows Media Player). You need to also be careful with downloading files from the Internet and email. If you are unsure about some files, you can use Sandbox to run them in a safe environment. If your computer is compatible (or if you’re planning on getting a new one), you can go ahead and upgrade to Windows 10, which is fully supported by Microsoft.