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How to protect your Windows 7 computer

How to protect your Windows 7 computer

Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7 with security updates. In other words, Windows 7 is now like Windows XP– An older operating system that will gradually accumulate imperfect security holes. Here’s how to put one together for use.

We recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10. In fact, you can still upgrade for free from Windows 7 to Windows 10. But if you’re stuck with Windows 7 for now, we have some security tips.

Business users can pay for security updates

We encourage companies and other organizations to pay extensive security updates if I’m still using Windows 7. This option isn’t available for home users, and the exact price of upgrades depends on whether you have Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Professional.

Disconnect your Windows 7 computer from the network

Even if you need Windows 7 for some reason, you don’t have to use it at all. If you need Windows 7 to interact with a specific hardware device or to run a software program that is not running on Windows 10, we recommend that you keep your Windows 7 computer off the network, if possible.

Malicious websites and other web-based attacks will not be a problem. Your Windows 7 system cannot compromise or back up against other devices on your network. You won’t have to worry about security issues if your Windows 7 system is disconnected from the dangerous Internet.

If you need to run an older software program that is not running on Windows 10, it may also be worth upgrading to Windows 10 and running that older application on a Windows 7 virtual machine on your Windows 10 desktop. note that most older applications will work fine on Windows 10, so this should not be necessary for most applications.

We know that many people will continue to run Windows 7 and connect it to the Internet. If so, we have some security tips to block things.

Run the supported security software

We recommend that you run a good antimalware tool that is still compatible with Windows 7. Make sure you are actively receiving updates.

Microsoft He says which no longer offers downloads of its own Microsoft Security Essentials tool, although MSE still seems to be available for download on the Microsoft website. Maybe Microsoft plans to download it soon. However, if you have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will still receive malware signature updates until 2023.

Other security software companies still offer antivirus that is compatible with Windows 7. For example, Lifehacker recommend Free Bitdefender.

Choose what you choose, we also recommend Malwarebytes. Free version of Malwarebytes It will allow you to perform manual scans to remove malware and other unwanted programs from your system and it also runs on Windows 7.

Microsoft has removed your EMET security tool which helps protect against attacks in favor exploits the built-in protection in Windows 10. In any case, anti-exploit software this integrated in Malwarebytes Premium version.

Microsoft Security Essentials continues to receive definition updates in Windows 7.

Use a secure browser

If you’re still using Windows 7, you should definitely avoid running Internet Explorer. Even Microsoft has recommended to move from Internet Explorer to a more modern and secure browser.

  • Google Chrome still runs on Windows 7 and will support it with security updates at least until July 15, 2021.
  • The new Microsoft Edge browser, based on the same backend code as Chromium, is also compatible with Windows 7 and will do so at least until July 15, 2021.
  • Mozilla Firefox also runs on Windows 7. Mozilla did not say how long it will support Firefox on Windows 7.

As the operating system itself no longer receives updates, your security software and web browser gain new importance in blocking you from online threats.

A Google Chrome window on a Windows 7 desktop.

Make sure your operating system settings

If you’re using Windows 7, you should definitely visit Windows Update and make sure you’re up to date with any updates released by Microsoft. We also recommend that Windows Update automatically check for updates. Microsoft could release critical updates, especially for Windows 7, even after support is completed, as it did for Windows XP.

Also, be on the lookout for news. Microsoft has launched a major security update for Windows XP that you had to download manually in 2019.

Tips to Protect Your Windows Computer they are the same as always. Leave activated important safety features as well User account control Yes Windows firewall.

Avoid clicking strange links in spam emails or other strange messages sent to you; This is especially important as it will be easier to use Windows 7 in the future. Avoid downloading and running strange files.

Windows Update by downloading updates to.

Remove (and update) installed applications

Windows 7 was released a long time ago, so you may have quite a few applications that you don’t really need installed. Worse, they may not be updated.

For example, older versions of accessory from browser such as Java, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and QuickTime are potentially vulnerable to attack. See the list of installed programs in the Windows 7 Control Panel and remove any applications that you do not use.

Make sure all the applications you use are also updated to the latest versions available. For example, if you still have an older version of WinRAR installed, you need to update it manually or your computer might be vulnerable to harmful ACE files.

There is no silver bullet here. Windows 7 will become more dangerous over time, as malfunctions are found. However, the exact attacks to which Windows 7 is vulnerable will depend on the security flaws found, their severity, and their ease of operation.

You can continue to use Windows 7 and it will continue to run normally with some annoying messages. Note that Microsoft washed its hands to repair security holes in the car. We love Windows 7, but its time has passed.