Microsoft has decided that it would stop providing support and updates for Windows 7. The decision was taken by the company and said that it wants to concentrate on developing newer technologies.
As a result of this Microsoft would stop sending the security updates and patches which keeps the software updated and also provides protection from computer viruses.
According to statistics data, one in every four Windows operating system users use Windows 7 on their PCs ad laptops.
It means that Microsoft is giving the perpetrators a chance to hack and exploit the bugs and flaws in Windows 7 operating system. If they find a flaw it will not be fixed by Microsoft anymore. As Microsoft will not be providing any support for Windows 7 the Windows 7 operating system is likely to be infected with viruses and other malware on the machines.
Rik Ferguson the vice president at Trend Micro which is a security research firm said that a machine that is running unpatched software without updates is likely to be detected by flaws. If the flaws become widespread then there is a high chance of a virus attack on your machine.
Kaspersky Labs researcher David Emm told that the users of Windows 7 should move to another operating system which is supported by Microsoft.
Hackers make use of malware to infect files and damage or disable computers. It is also used for stealing private and confidential information and spy on the user without them knowing.
WannaCry was hit by a major ransomware attack in May, 2017. A report told that if the NHS trusts had updated their computers and updated the security patches the attack could have been avoided.
Users can continue using their Windows 7 operating system but it will become more and more less secure due to discontinued support by Microsoft.