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End of Avast 5, 6, and 7 virus definition updates


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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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