Avast has just announced it will remove support for Windows XP and Windows Vista from its antivirus, with the next version running exclusively on Windows 7 and on newer.
In an announcement on the company's official blog, Avast reports that updates for antivirus products on XP and Vista will no longer come from 1 January 2019, although the company also adds that virus definitions will continue to move.
In other words, existing versions of Avast will run on Windows XP as before, but new features will only be available on builds for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
In addition, Avast will no longer provide technical support to customers in Windows XP, which means that the bugs and other problems faced by antivirus they will not have a formal solution.
"We recommend that you tell all Avast users to update their Windows operating systems with the latest version of Windows 10 - not only continue to enjoy the latest Avast security updates but also eliminate the possibility of exploiting the vulnerable older system which you use, "says the company.
Despite the aforementioned 1 January deadline, it seems that the end of support for Avast in Windows XP will actually take place much earlier.
As TechDows said, MartinZ's Avast forum coordinator, MartinZ, revealed in the company's panel that the next update for antivirus without Windows XP support will come in late November.
"Due to the introduction of the 64bit version in the next release, we decided to move the end of Windows XP / Vista support a month earlier. So the next scheduled release for the end of November will not support XP / Vista, "the publication said.
The current version of Avast is 18.7 and can still be installed in Windows XP and Windows Vista, but starting with 18.8, Windows 7 or later will be required.