Why Anti-Virus Software will NOT Protect an Out of Service Windows 7 PC

On January 14th 2020 all support for Windows 7 comes to an end, this means that there will be no further stability or security patches, and any vulnerabilities still in the operating system will NOT be fixed.  If you are still using Windows 7 on your PC(s) after this date, it will make you highly vulnerable to malware, hacking, and data, financial, and identity theft, not just for yourself, but for the people who’s email addresses and other details you keep on your PC.

It’s still not too late to switch to a different operating system, and you may even still be able to get Windows 10 for free.  There are people online however who believe that having up to date anti-virus software on your PC is enough to protect your PC, and keep you and your data safe.  THIS IS NOT TRUE and I’d like to explain why you should NOT trust this poor advice.

In the weeks and months following the end of the service for Windows XP, there was a huge surge in the volume of malware and other attacks on the ageing operating system, including high-profile attacks that made evening news programmes in many countries around the world.

The reason these attacks were possible, and will happen also for Windows 7 are several.  Firstly, it’s safe to say that criminals know about some vulnerabilities in Windows 7 and are keeping them secret, for now, so that they go unnoticed, unpatched by Microsoft, and can be exploited later.

Anti-Virus works with the security services offered by the operating system, such as User Account Control, to defend against attacks from outside.  However vulnerabilities offer a way for malware and hackers to bypass these security features, and your anti-virus software, through what’s called a back door.  It’s the same as if you installed an expensive security system in your home, and installed high-security locks, only to leave your own back door unlocked when you go out.

With the best will and efforts in the world, anti-virus software simply can’t defend against these vulnerabilities, because their very existence in the operating system the anti-virus software is running on, also make that anti-virus software vulnerable.  This undermines all the security on the PC.

It’s still not to late to switch to a newer operating system however, such as Windows 10, which is protected against the latest malware threats, and you can find more information on how to switch on this link.

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