Homeland Security Recommends You Uninstall QuickTime

IT security firms and the United States government department of Homeland Security Recommends You Uninstall QuickTime from Apple from all Windows based computer systems, after cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro picked up two bugs that could leave users vulnerable to viruses and remote attackers.

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Homeland Security Recommends You Uninstall QuickTime

The news came about when IT security firm Trend Micro issued a statement on Thursday April 14 that said: “We’re putting the word out that everyone should follow Apple’s guidance and uninstall QuickTime for Windows as soon as possible.

"The only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it.”

It is worth noting that the warning does not apply for Apple users.

Quicktime is a popular software developed by Apple that allows users to play media files such as videos, images, and audio. Apple have now stopped producing updates of Quicktime for Windows users. This means that Windows users will now be permanently vulnerable, as Apple will not provide security updates to patch the problem.

Homeland Security Recommends You Uninstall QuickTimeThe Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team also issued a security alert on Thursday, which stated: “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.”

However, don’t fret – the bulk of recent media-related programmes on Windows do not use Quicktime anymore. Instead, most can play the media directly or through media support integrated into Windows. That includes iTunes 10.5 or later.

That said, even if you did not actively download the programme, there’s a chance it could still be on computer through downloading other software, such as older versions of iTunes. So, perhaps you better give you tech-savvy grandma a heads up.

For more information on the more technical details on the bugs visit the Trend Micro website. You can also see how to simply uninstall QuickTime for Windows here.

Written by Tom Hale

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Last updated on 3 December 2017 4:02 pm

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