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‘Update now’: Hundreds of millions of PCs at risk from attacks

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Hundreds of millions of PCs are now vulnerable to dangerous malware and attacks after Microsoft removed support for Windows 7 overnight.

Hundreds of millions of PCs are now vulnerable to dangerous malware and attacks after Microsoft removed support for Windows 7 overnight.

While computers running the 11-year-old operating system will still continue to function, Microsoft will stop providing updates and security patches for all computers with Windows 7, putting users at "greater risk for viruses and malware".

More than one-third of all PCs worldwide are expected to be affected, according to data from NetMarketShare.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10

Microsoft urges customers to purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home - prices start from $A225.00 - or to purchase a new PC which include the the operating system as standard.

While it's possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, Microsoft said it's "not recommended" for computers older than three years as newer PC hardware is faster, more capable, and more compatible with the latest industry technology.

Before making the switch, users are urged to back up all their files and photos to OneDrive or to an external hard drive.

Microsoft has said Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever built, with comprehensive end-to-end security that covers antivirus, firewall and internet protections at no extra cost.

Man on phone and computer

The news comes as Firefox users are being warned to update their browsers immediately after Mozilla discovered a serious security flaw that could let hackers take control of your computer.

"We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw," Mozilla said in a statement.

Firefox has patched the security vulnerability – called CVE-2019-17026 – with the 72.0.1 update.

While the update should install automatically, users can check they are using the latest version of the browser by clicking Menu > About Firefox > Firefox Updates.

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The menu will tell the user which browser version they're running, with the option to click 'Restart to update Firefox' if necessary.

Firefox users can also download the free update here.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/technology/windows-7-windows-10-update-needed-for-pc-for-security/49365f43-45ac-471d-9c0f-38d318707fc4

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