Bitdefender Extends Antimalware Support for XP Users

January 2014


BITDEFENDER HQ, Jan. 20, 2014 – Bitdefender, the creator of innovative global antivirus solutions, announced it will continue to provide free antimalware support to Windows XP users for as long as 32 months after Microsoft ends support for XP SP3 and Office 2003. Support for older Windows SP versions (SP2 and SP1) has ended in 2010 and 2011.

BITDEFENDER HQ, Jan. 20, 2014– Bitdefender, the creator of innovative global antivirus solutions, announced it will continue to provide free antimalware support to Windows XP users for as long as 32 months after Microsoft ends support for XP SP3 and Office 2003. Support for older Windows SP versions (SP2 and SP1) has ended in 2010 and 2011.

Bitdefender will continue to provide support to help affected home users fight off viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malware until at least January 2016 and for enterprise customers until at least January 2017.

Microsoft has announced it will end support for XP SP3 and Office 2003 starting April 8, 2014, meaning users of those versions will no longer receive updates including crucial security patches to protect their computers.

According to our records, one in five Windows computers uses XP and Bitdefender recognizes not all users can quickly shift to a newer version. Enterprise deployment can take months or years and home users may have to wait until the resources are available to make the switch.

Bitdefender understands the difficulties and security challenges users face and aims to ensure they remain protected throughout software changeovers. Besides extending support significantly past April 2014, the elite antivirus provider may grant further extensions.

“We will continue to offer assistance to Bitdefender users who decide not to upgrade or are in the process of upgrading their OS," said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist & Global Communications Director at Bitdefender. "Their computers will remain updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks. We are flexible and may extend support past these dates, depending on market circumstances.”


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