Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Today
Apple Ends Supporting QuickTime for Windows
The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has recommended Windows users to uninstall QuickTime as soon as possible. According to researchers from Trend micro, they have discovered two new vulnerabilities in its code which Apple has decided not to fix. So Apple will not be providing security updates for Windows users anymore which will leave the software vulnerable to exploitations. However, QuickTime for Apple’s OS X operating system will still be supported.
“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently. But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it,” said Trend Micro’s Christopher Budd in the advisory.
Computer systems that run unsupported software are exposed to cybersecurity threats such as electronic data loss or increased risks of malicious attacks. As Apple has decided not to provide security update to Windows users, computers still running the software could be at risk. Potential negative consequences include damage to system resources, damage to business assets as well as loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. The only mitigation available is to remove the software.
Apple has posted instructions on how to uninstall QuickTime for Windows on its website. However, it is important to note that Apple is still supporting QuickTime on Mac OS X.