Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) users can sleep on both ears. Contrary to what one might think at first, the cybersecurity tool will not disappear at the same time as the operating system.
As of January 14, 2020, Windows will no longer receive patches or security updates. Users of this version of Windows OS will no longer be able to receive technical support. It will become unwise to continue using the system. But Microsoft has given conflicting information about the use of Microsoft Security Essentials.
In the Windows FAQ, face the question Will Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) continue to protect my computer after support ends? the answer was No, your Windows 7 PC will not be protected by Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) after January 14, 2020. This product is Windows 7 clean and follows the same lifecycle dates for support.
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But ultimately, Microsoft will continue to support Microsoft Security Essentials. Indeed, in another FAQ on tense updates, we can read: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will continue to receive signature updates after January 14, 2020. However, the MSE platform will no longer be updated.
Even if the Redmond company will not make any further changes, it seems that it will continue to provide signature updates for MSE after January 14, 2020. As a reminder, these signatures correspond to fingerprints which make it possible to identify and distinguish malware.
It will obviously be better to switch to a supported operating system, ideally Windows 10. Fortunately, it is possible to migrate for free from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
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