Urgent warning for millions of Google Chrome users – you could be in danger starting tomorrow

GOOGLE Chrome fans may need to find an alternative web browser as the app is no longer secure on some older computers.

Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is ending, in line with Microsoft’s own phase-out plans.

Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ends on Tuesday


Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ends on TuesdayPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

The browser will continue to work, but no major security updates will be provided.

This means vulnerabilities are not patched and hackers can exploit them.

Microsoft will stop providing critical security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Tuesday.

And Google is following suit with its most popular app.

Chrome is expected to receive its first update around February 7th.

This will be the first version of Chrome that only works on Windows 10 or later.

So if you’re still using Chrome on one of these outdated operating systems, now is the time to consider your options.

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.

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.

“Chrome 109 is the last version of Chrome that will support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Chrome 110 (estimated for release on February 7, 2023) is the first version of Chrome to require Windows 10 or later,” Google said back in October.

“You must ensure your device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases.

“This corresponds to Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 ESU and extended support for Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.”

Google has already warned affected users.

A popup has been appearing in Chrome for a while.

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