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How to avoid your data getting held for ransom:
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. So what should you do now?
You could upgrade to Windows 10. The hardware requirements are not much higher than those for Windows 7, but you will get the best user experience with a fast multi-core processor and 8GB of RAM. A new Windows 10 user license will cost $140-$200 if purchased direct from Microsoft.
You could just keep using Windows 7. After support ends, there will be no more system or feature updates made available from Microsoft. That could pose security risks, even if you keep your security software up to date.
Our takeaway—if you are using older hardware running Windows 7, bite the bullet and get a new PC running Windows 10 for the best user experience. If you are using a fairly new PC, or one with higher-end hardware, upgrade to Windows 10. Either way, unless you absolutely need to keep it, ditch Windows 7 before the security issues get worse.
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