Why You Should Uninstall QuickTime ASAP


*Applies to QuickTime on Windows, not on Mac OSX

Quicktime-featureTrendMicro, the well known and reputable security company has issued what they describe as an “urgent call to action” following the discovery of two critical vulnerabilities in Apple’s QuickTime player. What makes this situation “urgent” is that Apple is in the process of deprecating QuickTime for Windows and will no longer be issuing security patches for the product, so these 2 vulnerabilities are never going to be fixed.

According to a recent alert published by US-CERT (US Computer Emergency Readiness Team):

Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to elevated cybersecurity dangers, such as increased risks of malicious attacks or electronic data loss. Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems.

Bottom line: Some may remember a time when Apple iTunes required users to have QuickTime installed on their computers, however, this is no longer the case. In fact, most modern systems do not require QuickTime. These two serious vulnerabilities, which leave the system open to exploitation, are never going to be fixed and the best solution is to uninstall QuickTime as soon as possible.

To remove QuickTime follow these steps:

  • Windows Vista and 7 users: Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, then double-click on QuickTime
  • Windows 8.1 and 10 users: Right click on the Start button and select Control Panel, then follow the same steps as above

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About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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