The move came as part of a planned effort to get Windows 7 software and, the more recent version of your laptop’s operating system and the one that will receive all security patches and updates from Microsoft.
(If youuser, don’t worry – extended support for that operating system won’t end until January 2023.)
To reduce the risk of malware from potential bugs and software loopholes, Microsoft recommends this as well(you can do this for free), or buy one But if you really want to keep using Windows 7 for whatever reason, there are a few things you can do to keep the unsupported OS as safe as possible until you somehow upgrade to Windows 10 .
Keep your antivirus software up to date
Windows 7 has some built-in security measures, but you should also use third-party antivirus software to avoid malware attacks and other problems – especially since almost all victims of the massiveHackers are likely to go after Windows 7 machines even more now that Microsoft’s support has ended.
According to the independent IT security research institute AV-Test, most major antivirus vendors have not yet ended support for Windows 7 devices. These include Symantec / NortonLifeLock, Bitdefender and, which CNET also recommends
Delete unnecessary applications and files
By removing old or unused applications and files, you can reduce your chances of an invasion of privacy. Go to to prune your programs Start> Control Panel> Programs> Programs and FeaturesSelect all the programs you want to remove and click removeThere are a few ways to browse your files, but one is to go to Start> Computer> LibrariesFrom there, choose whether you want to cycle through Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos and delete files if necessary.
To prevent malicious software and unapproved programs from running on your Windows 7 machine, you can whitelist applications that you consider safe and block others (so that your banking application does not run while you are in a coffee shop, for example. are).
To whitelist applications, go to Start> Control Panel> System and SecurityBelow Windows Firewall, Click Allow a program through Windows FirewallYou will see a list of your programs and you can check a box for Public or Private network. This will determine which applications can run on which type of network. Click OK to save your settings.
Educate yourself about phishing and ransomware attacks
Basiccan go a long way in protecting you from attack. Always avoid opening emails, links, and attachments from people you don’t know, and carefully check senders’ email addresses to make sure they really are who they say they are.
Clicking on a malicious link or attachment could infect your computer with a virus or block your files until you pay a fee with ransomware. Switch– which adds an extra layer of protection over just a password – for all of your accounts is another strong step you need to take to prevent someone from breaking in.
Invest in a VPN
Ais a tool that establishes a private, secure network between your Wi-Fi connected device and the websites you visit, hiding your activity and providing a private connection. A VPN is a great option for a Windows 7 machine as it keeps your data encrypted and protects you from hackers getting into your accounts when using your device in a public place.
Make sure you alwaysFor some more advice, here are three features you should look for to identify a good VPN, as well
Use a password manager
Since using Windows 7 machines now carries increased security risks, reusing passwords is no longer sufficient. Invest in a password manager that helps you create and track strong, unique passwords for each account. A few options that CNET recommends areand Be here
Isolate the machine from the internet and lock USB ports
This is quite extreme, but to better protect your computer, you should isolate it from the Internet and avoid using USB ports. However, this would likely make your machine less useful, and possibly unsuitable for use, said Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans.
Ultimately, there is no way to fully protect an unsupported machine, Kleynhans said. “You need to carefully evaluate whether your efforts and money could be better spent modernizing to Windows 10 rather than continuing to support an expired platform,” he added.