Windows 7 released back in July of 2009 and remains incredibly popular.
In fact, figures from NetMarketShare claim Windows 7 is still used by more people than its successor, Windows 10.
The outlet stated from March of 2018 to February of 2019, Windows 7 was used by 40.17 percent of all desktop and laptops across the globe.
Although Windows 7 remains the platform of choice for many, Google has suggested users upgrade to Windows 10 instead following the discovery of a zero-day in the software.
A zero-day refers to a vulnerability that is unknown to the party that would be concerned with remedying it.
Google said it discovered the problem alongside another zero-day for its Chrome browser.
The firm released an update for its internet client and has actively encouraged users to ensure they are running its latest version, 72.0.3626.121.
However, at the time of writing the reported issues for Windows 7 remain without a remedy.
Google noted the Windows 7 vulnerability was “being actively exploited in targeted attacks” and iterated Microsoft fans should “consider upgrading to Windows 10” in the current circumstance.
The Mountain View company said it had alerted Microsoft to the issue.
Moreover, it said Microsoft was working on a fix for the vulnerability.
In a security post, Google said: “We strongly believe this vulnerability may only be exploitable on Windows 7 due to recent exploit mitigations added in newer versions of Windows. To date, we have only observed active exploitation against Windows 7 32-bit systems.
“Pursuant to Google’s vulnerability disclosure policy, when we discovered the vulnerability we reported it to Microsoft. Today, also in compliance with our policy, we are publicly disclosing its existence, because it is a serious vulnerability in Windows that we know was being actively exploited in targeted attacks.
“The unpatched Windows vulnerability can still be used to elevate privileges or combined with another browser vulnerability to evade security sandboxes. Microsoft have told us they are working on a fix.
“As mitigation advice for this vulnerability users should consider upgrading to Windows 10 if they are still running an older version of Windows, and to apply Windows patches from Microsoft when they become available.”
Although Microsoft has clarified it is working on a fix for the problem in question, no precise release date for it has been announced.