Still being offered Updates but not paying for them?

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TOGG

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Since W7 went EOL in January, I have been receiving regular emails purporting to be from Microsoft and advising me of each month's updates. I ignore them although I have opened one and they do look surprisingly authentic to me. I know they must be bogus because MS never extended this courtesy to me when W7 was still being supported and they are using an old email address of mine that I know was compromised some time ago and so no longer use, just occasionally check out of curiosity.

What is much more surprising is that Windows Update, which I had had set to 'search for updates and let me decide what to install' (and thought I had turned off) has, on at least two occasions, offered the Malicious Software Removal Tool! I see from my updates history that I was once so tired or absent minded enough to allow the September version to download and run, but nothing nasty happened as a result. I image this computer once a week and always have recent Restore points so I don't think I am at too much risk but I am curious to know if anyone else still running W7 has had a similar experience?
 

Goddess-Bastet

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You’ll probably still be offered Defender updates & MSRT but not cumulative updates.

If a major security flaw is discovered then MS will probably release a fix for Win 7.
 

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TOGG:
Even if you obtain post-EOL security updates for Windows 7 SP1, they will fail to install if you try to install them.
I doubt those emails purporting to be from Microsoft are authentic, so you should ignore them.

As Virginia already said, it's normal for WD and MSRT updates to appear in Windows Update, even after January 2020.

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TOGG

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Well, the fake MS emails seem to have stopped (for now) and I usually ignored the MSRT when W7 was still being supported, so I guess I'll mark this solved.
 
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