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Using Google Chrome on these Operating Systems Will be Risky

November 19, 2015
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Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers around, and this is highlighted by its growing usage statistics around the world. In January 2015, the number of Chrome users around the world was around the 62% mark, and in the month of September this number has gone up to 66% of all Internet users around the world. Moreover, Chrome also has around 800 million mobile users around the world now. However, Google Chrome has now announced that it will soon be dropping support for some operating systems from April 2016. So it would be wise for users of these OS’s to either switch to another browser, or update their OS.

Google Chrome drops support for the following operating systems

In a recent entry on the Google Chrome blog, it was announced that the below mentioned operating systems will not receive updates and security fixes beyond April 2016:

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X 10.8

They then encourage users of these operating systems to move to other platforms which will continue to receive updates in the future.

What this means for users of Google Chrome

As mentioned in the post, Chrome will not receive further updates or security fixes on these operating systems beyond the stipulated date. This does not mean that users of these operating systems will not be able to use Google Chrome beyond April 2016. However, it does mean that using Google Chrome will become inherently unsafe.

Web browsers regularly receive updates and security patches to protect users against several online threats such as phishing, adware, Malvertising and more. However, once a browser stops receiving updates, user security and privacy becomes more vulnerable and visible to cyber-attackers.

Recommendations for Google Chrome users to maintain security

So for users of the aforementioned operating systems, it is strongly suggested that they either use another browser after April 2016, or use another operating system that is supported by the popular programs and applications.

This will enable users to stay protected against security vulnerabilities, and also receive proactive defense against various malware and virus types. If you are using an old machine that came with these operating systems pre-installed, it may be time to get a new machine then. Simply put, new hardware costs far less than the price of losing precious data or having your online security compromised.

Using an effective security solution such as Quick Heal Total Security or Quick Heal Total Security for Mac will also be helpful in such cases. The in-built vulnerability scan feature scans installed programs for security holes and then provides additional protection. For further updates on related stories, stay tuned to the Quick Heal blog.

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Rahul Thadani
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  1. Ansumay DattaNovember 20, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Very helpful notification.

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  2. MURLEE KUMARNovember 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    nice

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  3. MURLEE KUMARNovember 20, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    usefull software

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  4. What about Windows 8? Will chrome work for Windows 8 after April 16?

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  5. i am new user

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  6. sylvester duttaNovember 20, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    sir, i am not operating with windows xp or vista or Mac. I am using different operating system. So i have no problem.

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  7. A lay man question. If no updates from google chrome will the anti virus be able protect from threats if chrome browser is used ?

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    • Hi M.P.Sastry,

      It is hard to say because the antivirus updates work in collaboration with the software developers updates also. So the antivirus would protect against some threats, but not all threats.

      Regards.

      Reply
  8. Abbas khaddemNovember 20, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Thanks for or helping and supporting.

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  9. Abhijeet DuttaNovember 20, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    why My PC Slow Down nd Google Chrome is not open.

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  10. Jitendra Kumar SharmaNovember 20, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    The article appears incomplete.The writer could have given the names of Operating System that will continue to have Google support after April 2016.Please give the names of the alternative browser to Chrome and OS’s that will be risk free after April 2016. I am, of course, already a Quick Heal user/client.Regards,JKS

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    • Hi Jitendra,

      Some newer operating systems that can be used are Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. You will need to see the features and system requirements of these to see which one suits you best. Moreover, some other web browsers that can be used can be found easily. Some of them are Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and more.

      Regards.

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  11. rajinder singhNovember 20, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    goood…..

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  12. This warning is great

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  13. security holes and then provides additional protection. For further updates on related stories, stay tuned to the Quick Heal blog.

    Reply
  14. shubham priyadarshiNovember 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    plz help

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  15. A.S SahashransuNovember 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Google Chrome Is The Better and The Best Browser Browser that I Have Ever Seen
    Most Fastest But the News Really Sadded Google Chrome Fans And Me Too.
    No Wonder and No Compromise that It will Remain the best browser ever.
    I DON’T USE CHROME BUT LOVE IT.

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  16. Useful update. Thanks. Good day.

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  17. useful info. Thanks for the update.

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  18. sukumaran knNovember 21, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Thanks

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  19. sukumaran knNovember 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Thanks for the helping hands.

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  20. sharat kumar majhiNovember 21, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    quickheal thA bast anti virus

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  21. kannepalli thrinadu mohan raoNovember 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    good information

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  22. Subash BasrurNovember 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    It is informed that from April 2016 Google Chrome is not safe to be used for browsing on certain operating systems. I have Windows XP running on my PC. I have recently renewed my Quick Heal Anti Virus pack running in my PC for a further period of two years which takes my validity up to November 2019. Please suggest me the best option for me in the above given situation.

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    • Hi Subash,

      It is strongly suggested to switch to a newer OS that has live support and updates from Microsoft. Using XP is risky now as there are no new security patches released for the OS. So using it will make your machine vulnerable to numerous security threats.

      Regards.

      Reply
  23. Shiv Ram SahuNovember 21, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    I already a user of Quick Heal Antivirus. I want to update my Quick Heal Antivirus plz send a link to my mail to update Antivirus.

    Thanking You !
    Shiv Ram Sahu
    +91 9565413000

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  24. Thank You to tell me this.

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  25. Thanks buddy..!! Very important information..

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  26. vivek gangwarNovember 22, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    oh..good way of marketing
    but i’ll say quick heal works well that other antiviruses(guaranteed),
    but im using guardian net secure(its from quick heal).

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  27. IT IS BEST BROUSER.

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  28. denise greenNovember 22, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Thank you for posting this helpful info

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  29. THRINADU MOHAN RAO KANNEPALLINovember 22, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    quick heal is good please update regularly

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  30. THRINADU MOHAN RAO KANNEPALLINovember 22, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    notifications helpful

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  31. ok please not show on desktop

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  32. which browser shall i use

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    • Hi Amit,

      You can opt for Windows 7, Windows 8 or the latest Windows 10. You will have to go through the features and the system requirements for these so see which one will suit you the best.

      Regards.

      Reply
  33. what to do if we want to continue with xp? or solution?

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    • What to do if we want to continue with xp? of solution?

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      • Hi Pramod,

        It is strongly suggested to switch to a newer OS that has live support and updates from Microsoft. Using XP is risky now as there are no new security patches released for the OS. So using it will make your machine vulnerable to numerous security threats.

        Regards.

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    • Hi Jatin,

      It is strongly suggested to switch to a newer OS that has live support and updates from Microsoft. Using XP is risky now as there are no new security patches released for the OS. So using it will make your machine vulnerable to numerous security threats.

      Regards.

      Reply
  34. if any problem will happen in this software,please support to trouble that problem

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  35. What if Q. H. Antivirus is installed on my machine do you still recommend to change the OS ?

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    • Hi,

      It is strongly suggested to switch to a newer OS that has live support and updates from Microsoft. Using XP is risky now as there are no new security patches released for the OS. So using it will make your machine vulnerable to numerous security threats.

      Regards.

      Reply
  36. I have using google chrome for windows XP professional S2 operating system,
    recently post by blogs that it is risky on these browers,
    So feed back about google chrome use or not by this operating system.

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  37. Bibhash DebnathNovember 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    my quick heal no update erro

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  38. Which other browser will you recommend for our use beyond April, 2016? Our computer came with Windows Vista O.S. when we bought it. Thanks.

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    • Hi P.P.Kanthan,

      You can opt for Windows 7, Windows 8 or the latest Windows 10. You will have to go through the features and the system requirements for these so see which one will suit you the best.

      Regards.

      Reply
  39. kindly suggest optional browser

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  40. pasagada srinivasNovember 23, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    up to date my quickheal

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  41. Shubham kasarNovember 24, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I am new yousar

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  42. millon sahooNovember 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    ok thanks

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  43. which browser should we use for secure browse?

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  44. iam verey satisfide from quick heal a.v

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  45. BIJAY KUMAR MALLIKNovember 24, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    dear sir I am not register antivirus quikheal my sl no 0K861-2WD45-D6012-11F8A

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  46. innocent chimezie enetaNovember 25, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    good

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  47. I am using Goole Chrome but it had stop opening from today,25th Nov 2015 and only showing messages that site had not passed security certificate even for google .com.Is it because of ur mentioned notification about Google Chrome.

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  48. MY PC UPDATE

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  49. Ye threat kaise delete hota hai

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  50. hey rahul,

    how come browser updates help in the security?

    why is using outdated browser risky?

    installing ad blocking extensions might help?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Shubh,

      Modern web browsers come with several in-built security measures to protect users against phishing or malicious pages. Google Chrome is the best at this since Google regularly has a list of such sites based on its algorithms. So updating to the latest versions certainly provide an added layer of security. Outdated browsers mat not be able to detect malicious pages that use the latest attack techniques. Ad-blocking extensions only help to block ads and nothing else. You may still land up on a fake page and an ad-blocking extension will do nothing about that, as that is not what it is designed for.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards.

      Reply