As questions regarding Avira (Pro and Free) on Windows XP/ Windows Vista have occurred more frequently in recent days, we would like to clarify the following circumstances and avoid misinformation:
- Microsoft has already stopped development and support for Windows XP as of 08.04.2014. For Windows Vista, this point was reached on 10.04.2012 (Mainstream-Support).
- Avira has officially delivered updates of the engine and signatures for the products on Windows XP and Windows Vista until the following date
Windows XP 08.04.2015
Windows Vista 10.04.2013
- Unofficially, updates of the signatures were possible for both operating systems until 20.02.2020, but without any claim to support and warranty.
As you can see, we have taken great efforts to support older operating systems, even if we can only advise against the productive use of these. Due to the fact that we have to develop our products continuously to be able to react to new threats, it is no longer possible to continue to provide (unofficially) updates.
Owners of an Avira Antivirus Pro license can, of course, continue to use it on a current operating system. We definitely cannot recommend the use of Windows XP or Windows Vista, as antivirus software can only offer complete protection if the underlying operating system is also up-to-date.
Here you can find an overview of whether and how long we support different operating systems:
Arthur Lukas Huptas
Avira Community Manager
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