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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Van Vliet

Windows 7 put out to pasture, and Internet Explorer is there to greet it.

The end of days is coming for Internet Explorer

On Monday, Microsoft warned users of its once beloved Internet Explorer, that a critical vulnerability in the browser allows hackers to hijack the computers of those running the outdated program. In other words, if you still use Internet Explorer, you should really stop.

There is no surprise that Microsoft has taken actions to retire these older versions of Internet Explorer, they were known to be a pain to deal with among web developers. The endless security holes in the software led to many problems. We agree with Microsoft’s recommendation that all users need to upgrade as soon as possible to avoid security risks. Continuing to run a browser with known vulnerabilities will cause trouble!

"The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user," reads the warning in part. "If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system."

Microsoft writes that, "yes," this vulnerability has been exploited.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time someone from Microsoft has urged users to ditch the discontinued browser. In February of this year, a security researcher that works for Microsoft urged that people stop using IE as a default browser. Also, in April we learned that simply having Internet Explorer on your computer ( not even using it ) is a security risk.

All browsers are not created equal, we would be more than happy to guide you to the correct browser for you. Whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. We understand that sometimes navigating your computer can be daunting.

Windows 7 reaching end of life, don’t freak, make a plan!

In January 2020, Microsoft will formally end “extended support” for Windows 7. This operating system has served the world well, but its creator will no longer provide security patches, leaving systems running the OS more vulnerable to viruses, hackers, and more. While this may seem like a worrisome crisis, all it really means is that it is time to make a plan on upgrading to Windows 10.

Of course, this change might cause some snags for consumers and enterprise users alike. Windows 7 is still a wildly popular operating system that, even 10 years after its release, is still relied upon by millions across the globe. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 7

holds 37% of the global market for Windows desktop and laptop operating systems, trailing only Windows 10 in popularity.

As hard as Microsoft might try to push folks to Windows 10, it won’t be as easy as the company might hope.

Still, all good things must come to an end. Soon Windows 7 will be put out to pasture, leaving those who stick with the operating system at potentially higher risk of being targeted by hackers.

That is where we come in, our goal is to help you transition over to Windows 10. Whether it's for your personal PC or your office desktop. We are here to guide you through process of navigating this change.


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