Microsoft to end updates to Windows 7's free AV software, Security Essentials

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:05:00 -0800

Microsoft will not provide new malware signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software after it retires Windows 7 in five weeks.

“No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE ((Microsoft Security Essentials)) after January 14, 2020,” the company said in a support document mainly concerned about the Extended Security Updates (ESU) being shilled to enterprises. “MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support.”

Security Essentials, a free antivirus (AV) program that launched in 2008, was originally limited to consumers. However, in 2010, Microsoft expanded the licensing to small businesses, defined as those with 10 or fewer PCs. Two years after that, MSE was replaced by Windows Defender with the launch of Windows 8.

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Protecting Your Small Business From WannaCry

Credit to Author: Ryan Delany| Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 13:12:09 +0000

May 12, 2017 saw the world’s first ever worm-based ransomware attack, WannaCry. Typically ransomware spreads via email as spam and phishing attacks, and relies on human intervention to initiate the infection. However, WannaCry is different in that it combines ransomware with a recently published vulnerability that was stolen from the NSA by The Shadow Brokers…

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Worry-Free Services, powered by XGen™ Security

Credit to Author: Ryan Delany| Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:00:16 +0000

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