No more security updates for your PC if your AV isn’t compatible


No more security updates for your PC if your AV isn't compatible

From News by TechRepublic's  By Nick Heath | January 10, 2018, 7:08 AM PST


Now Microsoft has updated its support notice to say that Windows computers will not receive any security updates at all until their AV software is certified compatible with the Spectre and Meltdown patches. Windows systems will not be certified as compatible until the AV vendor sets a specific key in the Windows registry.

"Customers will not receive the January 2018 security updates (or any subsequent security updates) and will not be protected from security vulnerabilities unless their antivirus software vendor sets the following registry key," says Microsoft.

Compatible anti-virus products include those from Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Sophos, and Symantec. Systems running McAfee, TrendMicro, and Webroot software are also expected to be eligible to receive the updates soon.

Various other security providers, including CrowdStrike, Cylance, FireEye and Palo Alto Networks, have not yet set the registry key, but claim their products are compatible.

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