With Windows 7 at end of support, users who haven’t converted are usually best served by investing in new hardware. But if funds are tight, WIN7 permissions can be tightened, create non-ADMIN “limited” accounts, keep AV controls in place, and most importantly use BEST SAFETY PRACTICES.  Still all WIN7 users should budget & move to a safer computing platform in future — given the high risks we see in wild.  As GOOD NEWS, most AV vendors plan to support WIN7 for at least the near term in 2020 🙂

https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-7-is-dead-long-live-your-antivirus

Nothing lasts forever, and when a new version of Windows arrives, the end-of-life timer starts ticking. Even Windows 10—the “last” version of Windows—has a “best used by” date coming up in 2025. The simple solution is to continue upgrading, but that’s not always possible. If hardware considerations, legacy software, or some other snag keeps you stuck on a defunct operating system, what happens to your antivirus protection?

This is an especially important consideration for users of Windows 7, which died this month. If you don’t upgrade, you won’t get security updates from Microsoft, which isn’t great. Even worse would be the possibility that your security software might abandon your devices. Will that happen then? The researchers at AV-Test Institute in Magdeburg, Germany, decided to find out.