Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015. Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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AV-Test regularly publishes independent tests of anti-virus software and awards “AV-Test Certified” status. AV-Test recently published the results of antimalware vendor testing, and they didn’t grant Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection their “AV-Test Certified” status. Microsoft today responded to AV-Test’s results and confirmed that both its security products are secure enough to protect most of the malware. This post reviews AV-Test’s results and their approach. In-depth details are provided below, but here are some key upfront data points to keep in mind: AV-Test reports on samples hit/missed by category. We report (and prioritize our work) based on customer impact. AV-Test’s test results indicate that our products detected 72 percent of all “0-day malware” using a sample size of 100 pieces of malware. We know from telemetry from hundreds of millions of systems around the world that 99.997 percent of our customers hit with any 0-day did not encounter ...

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Today Microsoft sent out beta invitations to previous MSE beta testers for trying out its upcoming version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Here is the invitation message from Microsoft, Greetings from Microsoft Connect! Thank you so much for being a part of the Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Beta.  You have indicated that you are interested in receiving invites for Connect programs from Microsoft, so we would like to invite you toparticipate in theMicrosoft Security Essentials Public Beta program on Microsoft Connect. This program is for the newest Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials which has the latest protection features. Be one of the select few who get access to this Beta release by signing up now to reserve your spot! You can check at Microsoft Connect whether you have your spot in this beta program or not. ...

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