Microsoft announced in January that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 have reached end of life and will no longer receive security updates. But people don’t just drop an operating system after years of use, and many users are in no hurry to upgrade. The good news is that Bitdefender will continue providing support for its security solution running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until 2024.
What exactly happens when Microsoft pulls the switch? While the announcement that a product has reached end of life sounds somewhat dramatic, a user really won’t notice any difference, except for the lack of notifications on new updates.
Operating systems are incredibly complex software made out of countless smaller parts. All that software needs maintenance, and that only happens if developers are actively working on the project. Once a piece of software is no longer maintained, problems start to creep in.
Hackers know that people and companies won’t immediately move to another operating system. If the hardware is old enough, upgrading is out of the question. In some cases, companies still use the same hardware and software for decades because upgrading would be too expensive or might disrupt daily operations.
Bitdefender decided to help people who continue to use Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 after they’ve been sunsetted by Microsoft by extending support for its security products for another year. Users will be able to protect their PCs from malware, but we advise everyone to upgrade to a supported version of Windows as soon as possible.
It’s important to note that while Bitdefender’s antimalware support can help protect against cyber threats, it’s not a substitute for the security updates provided by Microsoft. Antimalware software might be able to prevent the exploitation of vulnerabilities, but it can’t fix the underlying problem.
If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can never go wrong with Bitdefender Total Security, a security solution with an extremely light footprint designed to protect computers from all types of malware, including ransomware, zero-day exploits, rootkits and spyware.