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I use Avast v.6 Free Edition since I don't need a permanently activated antivirus that slows down my system. I only use it to analyze certain files before executing them.
So I don't want more current versions of Avast that seem to work on Windows XP.
https://www.avast.com/windows-xp-antivirus
Besides that I also use Windows 2000 which is not supported.
The latest virus definition for Avast 5, 6, 7, 8 is from March 31, 2020.
This seems to be confirmed in these urls:
https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2190355-avast-endpoint-protection-now-has-an-end-of-life-of-december-31st-2019
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=233259.0
Does anyone have the 200331-06 definitions as an .exe file to download and install?
Is it possible to install more up-to-date definitions?
The link to download the definitions for 5, 6, 7, 8 no longer shows them.
https://www.avast.com/download-update
I have managed to install it online but it will probably stop working in a while.
It is no longer possible to make a new Avast registration, but for now it is possible to register Avast with a free public key for lifetime.
Avast universal key: W11332244H9900A0420-8MRTR8W5
https://www.avast.com/registration-free-antivirus
Yes, I will be left without new definitions but it has been many years since I had a virus on Windows XP ...

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For analysis of specific files, VirusTotal’s website would be my suggestion:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/

Legacy versions of Malwarebytes Free are also good for on-demand scanning and PUP removal, however some very old versions no longer receive definition updates.

Other XP users should not be alarmed, because the last version to support XP was actually Avast 18.8, which I have recently used on Vista and it still gets definition updates. IDK the last version to support Windows 2000 though; this might perhaps be bad news for that OS.

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On 12/8/2020 at 4:41 PM, Vistapocalypse said:

Other XP users should not be alarmed, because the last version to support XP was actually Avast 18.8, which I have recently used on Vista and it still gets definition updates. IDK the last version to support Windows 2000 though; this might perhaps be bad news for that OS.

Yep. I have Avast Premier on XP with everything turned on and I still get streaming updates. It's a bit sad that there are no longer program updates and that the very latest version supported by XP is a bit buggy on some systems, but on the other hand, we couldn't expect it to work forever. Honestly, though, the biggest change that broke XP compatibility was going from x86 to x64. If the AV remained x86, then there wouldn't have been any problems as pretty much everything was already XP compatible and there could just have been parts disabled on some OS, but when there was a mass rebuild and switch to x64, many things broke and, let's face it, many people don't use x64 version of XP anyway, so... yeah... I guess it went the way it went, but I can tell you this: if they didn't switch to x64, we would have had a perfectly XP compatible updated version of Avast right now...

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On 12/8/2020 at 4:05 AM, Cixert said:

I use Avast v.6 Free Edition since I don't need a permanently activated antivirus that slows down my system. I only use it to analyze certain files before executing them.
So I don't want more current versions of Avast that seem to work on Windows XP.
https://www.avast.com/windows-xp-antivirus
Besides that I also use Windows 2000 which is not supported.
The latest virus definition for Avast 5, 6, 7, 8 is from March 31, 2020.
This seems to be confirmed in these urls:
https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2190355-avast-endpoint-protection-now-has-an-end-of-life-of-december-31st-2019
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=233259.0
Does anyone have the 200331-06 definitions as an .exe file to download and install?
Is it possible to install more up-to-date definitions?
The link to download the definitions for 5, 6, 7, 8 no longer shows them.
https://www.avast.com/download-update
I have managed to install it online but it will probably stop working in a while.
It is no longer possible to make a new Avast registration, but for now it is possible to register Avast with a free public key for lifetime.
Avast universal key: W11332244H9900A0420-8MRTR8W5
https://www.avast.com/registration-free-antivirus
Yes, I will be left without new definitions but it has been many years since I had a virus on Windows XP ...

Official download definitions (no longer given for versions 5,6,7):
http://www.avast.com/en-us/download-update
https://www.avast.com/ivps5x/vpsupd.exe

THIS WORKS IN 2022 for version 5,6,7:
http://redir.iavs5x.u.avcdn.net/iavs5x/vpsupd.exe
version 4 here:
http://files.avast.com/iavs4pro/vpsupd4.exe

Alternative servers:
https://www.downloadsource.es/1005/avast-Virus-Definitions/ (official download)
https://www.mediaket.net/en/software/updates/2211-avast-offline-update.html
https://www.techspot.com/downloads/2108-avast-virus-definitions-update.html

Definitions download from the program itself 5,6,7:
k8814960.iavs5x.u.avast.com
O well:
g8263259.iavs5x.u.avast.com (185.43.182.106)


Latest Avast 5,6,7 updated:
http://redir.iavs5x.u.avcdn.net/iavs5x/setup_av_free.exe
(download the latest version 5,6,7 updated)
(the 7.0.1474.773)


Unofficial download definitions all versions:
https://www.techspot.com/downloads/2108-avast-virus-definitions-update.html


Definitions download Unofficial latest update versions 5,6,7:
https://www.techspot.com/downloads/downloadnow/2108/?evp=1502b5e49e92dceb4c15b688c47fc09b&file=3

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Hello @Cixert! Thanks for posting several links with regard to definition updates of Avast!! Unfortunately, some of your links doesn't work anymore. Secondly, and spoken for me only, I would never use an AV program in Windows XP which can't get up-to-date definition updates. The definition update for Avast! 4 is of March 2018. More than 4 ½ years old! What shall these definitions do for protecting an user in terms of current threats? internet07h.gif
Even if you have not caught a virus in Windows XP for a long time, it does not mean that you are safe from infection. BTW, the linked definition update for Avast! 5+6+7 is supposed to be of March 2020? Are you sure? Anyway, not much better, unfortunately! And, their program versions are still much older which is no good, either. In terms of Windows XP, there are alternatives which get up-to-date definition updates like Avast! 18, AVG Antivirus, Panda Antivirus,
Malwarebytes, ClamWinK7 Computing Total Security, and  WiseVector StopX 3.07, and their program versions are more recent or even most recent. As long as there are such recent AV programs getting up-to-date definition updates, there is actually no reason to use an abandoned one, IMHO. Anyway, thanks for your efforts and your information! :)

Greetings from Germany, byeby2.gif

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28 minutes ago, AstroSkipper said:

Hello @Cixert! Thanks for posting several links with regard to definition updates of Avast!! Unfortunately, some of your links doesn't work anymore. Secondly, and spoken for me only, I would never use an AV program in Windows XP which can't get up-to-date definition updates. The definition update for Avast! 4 is of March 2018. More than 4 ½ years old! What shall these definitions do for protecting an user in terms of current threats? internet07h.gif
Even if you have not caught a virus in Windows XP for a long time, it does not mean that you are safe from infection. BTW, the linked definition update for Avast! 5+6+7 is supposed to be of March 2020? Are you sure? Anyway, not much better, unfortunately! And, their program versions are still much older which is no good, either. In terms of Windows XP, there are alternatives which get up-to-date definition updates like Avast! 18, AVG Antivirus, Panda Antivirus,
Malwarebytes, ClamWinK7 Computing Total Security, and  WiseVector StopX 3.07, and their program versions are more recent or even most recent. As long as there are such recent AV programs getting up-to-date definition updates, there is actually no reason to use an abandoned one, IMHO. Anyway, thanks for your efforts and your information! :)

Greetings from Germany, byeby2.gif

The compilation is made 1 year ago.
I had it saved, pending publication.
I've tried a few links and found they work, sorry if some don't work anymore.
I use Avast 6 with March 2020 definitions.
I don't want to use more current versions, since they consume a lot of resources and try to protect me in matters that I don't need.
I prefer to work without antivirus, my computer is much faster.
Most of the programs that I need, I have downloaded them before 2020 or I do not need versions after 2020 generally.
The antivirus only works for me to scan for viruses, not to run in the background.
But above all what works is experience and thinking with your head.
I am still alive since 2008 without any new virus in my system.
I live hahaha without antivirus. :cheerleader:

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