Just a thought. Not that I myself do this:
Many people these days still use old versions of Norton, McAfee, and other such antivirus programs. Most of them are from 2002-2006. My question is, do these companies stop supporting their older virus programs at the end of a year, or when a new version comes out?
Are updates still released or is there some sort of cutoff date?
(Although I don't think it is...) Is it safe to protect yourself with, say, Norton 2005 or 2006 if you fully update it?
I'm curious because a lot of people do this, and my first instinct is that they are using "out of date virus protection." But are they really?
If they stopped paying for their subscription, do they stop updating? (I'm pretty sure they do, but I just want to double check)
If they pay for another year of service, does the program update itself to the newer version? (Say you pay for another year of Norton 2007. Does it remain Norton 2007 or roll over to Norton 2008?)
I usually am tempted to tell them to ditch the old stuff in favor of something newer- or as a stopgap (or temporary solution, if they are so inclined) to get AVG, Avast!, or Comodo antivirus (all free). I think this is a good idea anyways, but I just want to be a better troubleshooter.
Thanks for any and all help!