Support for Avast Antivirus on Windows 7 - FAQs

As of January 2020, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. This article contains information for Avast Antivirus users running Microsoft Windows 7.

Can I still use Avast Antivirus on Windows 7?

Yes. All versions of Avast Antivirus (including Avast Premium Security and Avast Free Antivirus) continue to support Windows 7 at the present time. This means all Avast Antivirus products on Windows 7 will continue to receive program updates and full virus definition updates to offer the maximum possible protection against potential threats.

Although we have vigorously tested all Avast Antivirus products to ensure you receive adequate protection against current threats on Windows 7, it is not possible to predict how attackers may exploit future flaws and weaknesses.

What does it mean that Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7?

You can continue to run Windows 7, but Microsoft no longer provides technical support, software updates, or security updates for this operating system. This means that your PC will be more vulnerable to attacks if you continue to run Windows 7.

For more information, refer to the following information page from Microsoft:

Is it safe to continue running Windows 7 on my PC?

Running an unsupported operating system presents certain risks, even if you have effective antivirus software installed. This is because the operating system may develop holes and weaknesses in the future that cannot be accessed or remedied by third-party software. Such weaknesses are easily exploited by attackers, malware, and viruses to gain access to your system.

If you are unable to upgrade to Windows 10, or you need more time to upgrade, it is essential to have effective antivirus software installed while you continue to use Windows 7. For more information about using Avast Antivirus on Windows 7, and to download Avast Free Antivirus, refer to the page below:

Running an unsupported operating system becomes more risky with time.

Do I need to upgrade to Windows 10?

No. If you cannot upgrade your operating system, you can continue to run Windows 7. However, if your PC supports Windows 10, the recommendation from Microsoft is to upgrade. For more information about upgrading to Windows 10, refer to the article below from Microsoft Support:

For how long will Avast Antivirus continue to support Windows 7?

Based on current user data, we intend to continue supporting Windows 7 for at least another 2 years from January 2020. However, this could change based on the number of users who continue to run Windows 7.

What will happen to my Avast Antivirus product after I upgrade to Windows 10?

After upgrading your operating system, you will need to reinstall Avast. If you use a paid Avast Antivirus product, you will additionally need to reactivate your subscription.

For detailed installation instructions, refer to the relevant article below:

For detailed activation instructions, refer to the relevant article below:

After reinstallation and activation, you will notice no difference in your Avast Antivirus protection.

Can I contact Avast Support if I'm using Avast Antivirus on Windows 7?

Yes. All Avast Antivirus products fully support Windows 7, so you can continue to contact Avast Support for help and assistance.

  • Avast Omni 1.x
  • Avast Premium Security 20.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 20.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit

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