Most antivirus programs to support Windows XP well past its own end date

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that it will continue to provide antivirus signatures for its free Security Essentials program until at least July 2015. Now a new survey of 29 antivirus software companies shows that most of them will continue to support Windows XP for at least two more years, and in some cases even longer.

The list was complied by the independent antivirus testing firm AV-TEST, and shows that only Symantec has yet to provide any information about when their Windows XP support will end. Most of the companies have yet to offer specific support end dates for Windows XP, with many saying that it won't end for at least two more years. Microsoft is still planning to stop providing all security and bug fix updates for the OS on April 8th, over 12 years after it launched.

Webroot won't stop supporting Windows XP until April 2019.

There are a few antivirus companies on the list that have set specific end dates for Windows XP antivirus support, besides Microsoft. Avira and ThreatTracker will stop on April 2015, while Sophos shuts down its Windows XP definitions in September 2015.  Bitdefender says it will end support for consumers on January 2016, and for corporate customers on January 2017. Trend Micro stops supporting Windows XP in January 2017 and Kaspersky Lab will end support for corporate users in the second half of 2016, but will continue supporting consumers until at least 2018. Webroot has the most distant Windows XP end date; it won't stop supporting the OS until at least April 2019 when the OS will enter it's 18th year!

Source: AV-TEST | Image via Webroot

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I bet Firefox, Opera and Chrome will support XP for along time too. Opera just dropped support for Win98 about a year ago

Hello,

At work (AV company) we are still supporting Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 without any plans to end support for either, let alone Windows XP. We only stopped supporting Windows 95 a little under two years ago.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

At work (AV company) we are still supporting Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 without any plans to end support for either, let alone Windows XP. We only stopped supporting Windows 95 a little under two years ago.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Bummer, I wanted Win 95

I haven't used windows in 10 years but may I ask why the obsession with getting XP to die?
I understand developers that want don't want to support too many versions of windows but why are end users obsessing so much about XP dying?
How would it hurt the end user if other people still use XP?

ha! good luck having an AV protect you from the arsenal of exploits being saved today for april 8.

at this point, only people who are ignorant, or that are in for a big surprise are running xp.

Cue the Die, Xp, Die comments from a certain section of society! Some of you may be amazed that people have been running locked down/HIPS Xp for years and never had any infections. Malware (depending on the type) will still try and target the same places, granted people should upgrade but for very many they haven`t a clue about EOL or support dates, they just use their computer!
Also, what are the most common infection vectors? (not including crapware installed with programs). Browsers and Email, isolate them from the writing to/modifying system files and your half way there
Companies, different ballgame, they should have IT support guiding them

"granted people should upgrade but for very many they haven`t a clue about EOL or support dates, they just use their computer! "

That line only skims the surface of how many Joe Blow users there are out there that think exactly like that!

I don't mind if you want to cling to an old OS for things like that. Its XP users who complain about being left in the dust regarding support who irritate me.

For some people, XP still works fine and they don't see the need to get on the upgrade treadmill only to have to relearn everything just to use the same old apps.

McKay said,
I don't mind if you want to cling to an old OS for things like that. Its XP users who complain about being left in the dust regarding support who irritate me.

Personally i don`t use Xp but i do have to deal with it. You can explain to people that it should be updated to 7/8(.1) because of Better security, ASLR, UAC, etc, etc, but they just go
Tell them how much extra for a new license and well you can guess the rest! You can only do so much with some people sadly!

Dot Matrix said,
AV isn't going to do anything once the zerodays start coming.

And that is why no1 should rely on av alone. Try to have a multi vector plan in action, just so if one fails, then another can take over, or at least temporarily, while the other vectors are fixed.

A fake feeling of security. This will make thing only worse. I hope we will see XP drops in market share this 1 February, 1 March and 1 April, at least below 21 (the current state is 28).

Please tell that to your insurance agent, financial institution, doctor's office, and lawyer's office. Odds are extremely good they are running some kind of proprietary software under XP.

TsarNikky said,
Please tell that to your insurance agent, financial institution, doctor's office, and lawyer's office. Odds are extremely good they are running some kind of proprietary software under XP.

What's wrong with these developers who made software to work on a 2001-era operating system... but they never thought to update it?

And what's wrong with these companies who continue to use this software? Is there no suitable alternative?

There was software before XP... and there was software after XP.

What is it about XP that made time stop?

Michael Scrip said,

What's wrong with these developers who made software to work on a 2001-era operating system... but they never thought to update it?

And what's wrong with these companies who continue to use this software? Is there no suitable alternative?

There was software before XP... and there was software after XP.

What is it about XP that made time stop?


XP was made to last, it combined win9x and the nt family into something great. I bet XP will last, at least until 2017 or maybe 2020.

soldier1st said,

XP was made to last, it combined win9x and the nt family into something great. I bet XP will last, at least until 2017 or maybe 2020.

Right... but why stop there?

Why haven't newer application been developed for Windows 7 that will last until 2030?

If building apps for XP was so great... wouldn't building apps for Windows 7 be even better?

Michael Scrip said,

Right... but why stop there?

Why haven't newer application been developed for Windows 7 that will last until 2030?

If building apps for XP was so great... wouldn't building apps for Windows 7 be even better?

In a recession the first things that get cut are cost centers. Namely employees, technology, and equipment. XP is a perfect firestorm because of the following:
1. Great Recession where the needs to raise the share price outweigh new eye candy and toys
2. Vista. Need I say more? It taught cost accountants that newer us not better and that there is no competitive disadvantage to staying behind.
3. IE 6. Web apps made as late as 2010 required it!
4. 1980's and 1990's were exciting times of economic boom where new technology could offer boosts and upgrades yielded HUGE benefits!! XP works as good as Windows 7 besides bloated eye candy to the average MBA
5. CEOs in the past were engineers. Today they are cost accountants focused on spreadsheet games of cost cutting

Combined in 2014 you see those fearing change and thinking but they worked fine for 11 years?! Why throw them out.

Yes companies hate change and stopping the clock yields great short term rewards

warwagon said,
Sandboxie FTW!

Shame it looks like it could become abandonware since Invincea took over , Ronan was a genius, hopefully he made a nice amount...

warwagon said,
Sandboxie FTW!

Since sandboxie was bought by a company. imo it is no longer a viable option, unless the company actually improves it. imo Ronan made a mistake by selling to a company.

warwagon said,
oh... since when was he bought. This is news to me.

It was 'announced' in December but i think talks had been going on for some time, that`s why the lifetime subscription was cancelled. From what i can gather Ronan will cease to work on the project at the end of this month.
Who knows what path the program will take now but i`m not holding my breath for a good outcome sadly...

soldier1st.....We have to respect what Ronan Tzur did and what he has done. Hopefully he`s now set up for life, things change but this time it looks like one of the good guys did allright out of it.

MS will be supporting it until July 2015 not only with its Security Essentials on the desktop but with System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune for its enterprise clients.

The OS won't get security patches but AV will still work. That is like telling someone that cracks you can't fix can appear in the walls of your house but not to worry, the latest security system covers your doors.

Lord Method Man said,
Yeah my uncle used the best AV software available but he still got stomach cancer.

well that's user error

Lord Method Man said,
Yeah my uncle used the best AV software available but he still got stomach cancer.

You do know that "Best" is subjective. Even the "Best" av software cannot fully protect you.

soldier1st said,

You do know that "Best" is subjective. Even the "Best" av software cannot fully protect you.
You do know sarcasm doesn't care about details. Even the most sarcastic comments seem to slip by as serious.

soldier1st said,

You do know that "Best" is subjective. Even the "Best" av software cannot fully protect you.

You're clearly not the best* at recognizing jokes when you see them.

*best is subjective