Windows 7 computers will no longer be patched after today – Naked Security


Do you know what you were doing 3736 days ago?

We do! (To be clear, lest that sound creepy, we know what we were doing, not what you were doing.)

Admittedly, we didn’t remember all on our own – we needed the inexorable memory of the internet to help us recall what happened on 22 October 2009.

That was the official release date of Windows 7, so we armed ourselves with a fresh-out-of-the-box copy (remember boxed software?) and tried a bunch of new viruses against it.

Simply put, we took the next 10 Windows malware samples that showed up for analysis at SophosLabs, checked that they ran on the previous versions of Windows and then threw them at the all-new Windows 7.

The good news is that three of the 10 samples didn’t work on Windows 7; the bad news is that seven did.

You can’t really blame Microsoft for that, as much as you might like to, given that everyone expected existing software to work “out of the box” with the new version, despite numerous security improvements.