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Apple ending support for QuickTime for Windows and you should uninstall it

According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows.

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued an alert recommending Windows users to uninstall QuickTime 7 as new vulnerabilities have been discovered.

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.

Apple has not updated the Windows version of QuickTime 7 since January this year. Trend Micro notes that even Apple recommends Windows users uninstall the player. QuickTime for Mac is unaffected and remains supported by Apple.

Apple has published a support page on how to uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows.

Before you uninstall QuickTime

If you’re using a QuickTime 7 Pro registration key, you might want to save the key before uninstalling QuickTime 7. It’s in the Register tab of QuickTime Player preferences (Edit > Preferences).

If you’re not sure whether a program requires QuickTime, contact the program’s developer. Most recent media-related programs for Windows—including iTunes 10.5 or later—no longer use QuickTime to play modern media formats. These programs either play the media directly or use the media support built into Windows.

Uninstalling QuickTime 7 also removes the legacy QuickTime 7 web plug-in, if present. Websites increasingly use the HTML5 web standard for a better video-playback experience across a wide range of browsers and devices, without additional software or plug-ins. Removing legacy browser plug-ins enhances the security of your PC.

How to uninstall

Uninstall QuickTime 7 from Control Panel, as you would other programs on your PC. When following Microsoft’s instructions for uninstalling programs, choose QuickTime 7 as the program to uninstall.


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