You should Uninstall QuickTime for Windows with its critical flaws

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows immediately. Apple has stopped updating the product, there are a ton of issues with the program that are being exploited to infect computers, and anyone who has installed an Apple product on their Windows computer (iTunes, iCloud, etc) probably has it even if you never used it.

Yet another program is joining Java, Flash, and Windows XP as big-name software you do not want running on your PC. Security firm Trend Micro and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are advising all Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime as soon as possible. (The advisory does not affect Mac users.)

The reason for getting rid of QuickTime for Windows is twofold. First, Apple told Trend Micro it is deprecating the software and will no longer deliver security updates for it. Second, there are two known critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of a system running QuickTime.

That’s a hellacious combo.

Apple was unavailable for comment at this writing, but a quick look at QuickTime’s download page shows the software is still publicly available. It hasn’t been updated since at least January, however.

Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed

Overview

Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation.

Description

All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows.

Impact

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.

Solution

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.