Google has important advice for Chrome users — and it’s dangerous to ignore it

GOOGLE warns users with old Windows devices that Chrome will soon be unsafe on their computers.

The tech giant plans to end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 early next year.

Support for Windows 7 ended in 2020


Support for Windows 7 ended in 2020Photo credit: AFP-Getty

It comes as Windows owner Microsoft will also stop delivering essential security updates on January 10, 2023.

Chrome is expected to receive its first update around February 7th, which will only work on Windows 10 or later.

That means anyone with an older version of the operating system will be banned from the update and everyone else in the future.

This keeps them open to hackers because vulnerabilities are not fixed.

With the shutdown fast approaching, Google appears to be stepping up its efforts to warn users.

Corresponding GHacksthe company sends a notification to affected Chrome users when they launch the app.

“To receive future Google Chrome updates, you must have Windows 10 or later,” the warning reads.

“This computer uses Windows 7.”

Support for Windows 7 was actually discontinued in January 2020.

However, Microsoft continued to offer extended support for companies that need to run certain older Microsoft products beyond end of support.

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Just over 10 percent of Windows desktop devices were still running Windows 7, according to November statistics counter Data.

The widely unpopular Windows 8.1 apparently still runs on 2.5 percent of the machines.

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