Microsoft caves in and allows updates to security applications
January 30, 2014 Leave a comment
With the end of Windows XP support in about 9 weeks, Microsoft has decided to follow others and will now extend the support for anti-virus definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials [MSE] as well as the monthly Malicious Software Removal Tool [MSRT] until July 2015.
It is interesting to note that the same 32-bit version of MSRT is also used for 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. So what is to stop someone to run MSRT after July 2015 that was intended not for Windows XP? Will Microsoft place something inside the executable to block MSRT from running?
How about the anti-virus definitions for MSE? You can download the definitions manually here.
As well, it is said that MSE won’t be available for downloading from Microsoft’s sites. So what about third-party sites? Will Microsoft “force” them to remove the application? If you have already downloaded MSE, will Microsoft somehow stop the installation?
Too many questions and so far too few answers.