March 24, 2021

Free antivirus for windows 7, windows defender is not an option.

I just found a 13 year old laptop that’s running windows 7. I wanna use it as to torrent some media and try running a plex server on it. I found some old nostalgic games on it that I likely can’t find again and can’t run on newer windows versions, so I don’t wanna change to a different OS. I tried Microsoft security essentials, but it says it can’t update its registries, it’s probably not supported anymore. Windows defender also can’t update.
I’m looking for a virus scanner that doesn’t give annoying pop ups and is minimalistic because it’s slow enough as it is. Tried Bitdefender but its not compatible with my system. Are there any good ones out there? Do I even need a virus scanner?



You should not torrent stuff, not only are they illegal, but they are one of, if not the, easiest way to get infected, even if they arent outright malicious, all such software acts as backdoors due to the sheer nature of P2P, you can also spread malware across your whole network

Also, your best bet is backing up your files and upgrading to windows 10, then setup an virtual machine running windows 7

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