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Running Windows? Time to Uninstall Quicktime - NOW


Running Windows? Time to Uninstall Quicktime - NOW

Personally, we here at GB HQ were never particularly fond of QuickTime. However, for many users, it has been the standard media player of choice for some time, whether by habit or otherwise lol. If you use QuickTime on a machine running Microsoft Windows, you might want to rethink that practice, and rethink it very quickly, because Apple has stopped supporting QuickTime on Windows machines.


Whilst the news might be a bit of a surprise to many, the move has actually been coming for some time, with Apple quietly starting to distance itself from QuickTime in a Windows environment for at least 3 years now.


What this means for end users is no more security patches. The US Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has this to say:


"Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows. Users can find instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on the Apple Uninstall QuickTime page."


Trend Micro has already highlighted two security vulnerabilities to current versions of the software, which will not be patched now support has withdrawn.


Long story short, get it off your computer now (unless you are a Mac user, you lucky ducks are still fine), instructions here:

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