On the 14th of January 2020, Microsoft ceased all security updates and support for the operating system Windows 7, and this is all apart of Microsoft’s plan to push Windows 7 away and bring as many users as possible over to Windows 10.
And while many users are happy to change their operating system, there are a percentage of users who do not want to change and would like to stay on Windows 7. If this is you, then I will guide you through keeping your operating system safe to use.
Since Microsoft has cut off support for Windows 7, anti-malware software providers can feel free to do the same if they wish, but if you need an antivirus to protect your Windows 7 machine then here are a few listed below:
- ESET Antivirus
These are a few, but keep in mind that at some point they may cease updates for Windows 7 also.
Read up on malware and phishing scams to protect you from hackers
Almost all of the WannaCry ransomware attacks had occurred on Windows 7 machines, and the loss of support from Microsoft means that hackers will focus their attention on Windows 7 and exploit it as much as they possibly can, thus creating more and more victims.
If you wish to educate yourself on the dangers of computer malware (viruses, worms, adware etc.) then there are plenty of sources to get this information from:
- Online articles
- In-store computer magazines
If you see an article about a new computer scam or virus then read up on it as it may involve information that is important to keeping your computer safe.
Eventually you will need Windows 10
All things come to an end, good or bad, and Windows 7 is no different. Every anti-malware software provider at some point in time will cease their support for the Windows 7 operating system and eventually Windows 7 will be completely unsafe to use, leaving your data at risk.
Windows 10 is very similar to Windows 7, just with a more modernised look and feel, and more functionality.
Seek technical assistance
If you need a helping hand, or maybe you’d like your computer to be upgraded to Windows 10 instead of buying an entirely new machine, you can contact us. While Microsoft can no longer support you, we can.
Bring your computer to Unit 1, Fareham Innovation Centre, 4 Meteor Way, Lee-on-Solent, PO13 9FU, or call 01329 535 001 to book your appointment and we can come to a solution.