Last week, Microsoft officially released the last Patch Tuesday Updates for Windows 7 devices. Notably, the version of Windows officially reached the end of support on January 15.
It clearly means that its time for loyal Windows 7 fans to upgrade to Windows 10 immediately or purchase a new Windows 10 machine. Otherwise, they will continue to use an unsafe version of Windows. As anyone can easily exploit the vulnerabilities that exist in Windows 7 PCs.
Although Microsoft has already launched Chromium Edge, there are many individual and enterprise users who are still using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. If you are one of those, we have a piece of bad news for you. The Big M recently announced that the browser is no longer supported.
— Tero Alhonen (@teroalhonen) January 19, 2020
Microsoft recommends its users that they install the new Microsoft Edge. Moreover, if you visit the IE 11 download page, you will see an option to download the new Microsoft Edge.
The company has already announced its plans to gradually release the new Microsoft Edge browser via Windows Update. However, it remains to be seen if Microsoft plans to follow this strategy for Windows 7 devices.
Microsoft Plans to Fix The Critical IE Vulnerability Soon
This announcement came right after Microsoft revealed its plans to fix an Internet Explorer security exploit in Internet Explorer. In fact, attackers were already taking advantage of the vulnerability to launch “limited targeted attacks” on Windows machines.
The hackers successfully managed to hijack some PCs by corrupting the memory that is used by the IE (Internet Explorer versions 9, 10, 11) scripting engine. The issue appears to be similar to the one recently identified in Firefox. Moreover, the vulnerability affected all versions of Windows including Windows 7.
Considering the high risks associated with this newly discovered vulnerability, Windows 7 users should switch to the new Edge as soon as possible. If you aren’t yet ready to use Microsoft Edge, you can alternatively choose a third-party browser such as Chrome.
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