Quick! Get Rid of Apple QuickTime
A Warning For All Windows Users
A plethora of warnings are spreading across the net in the wake of Apple’s announcement that it will be “deprecating” Apple QuickTime for Windows. Several security firms as well as the U. S. Department of Homeland security are alerting Windows users and advising them to get QuickTime off their computers as quickly as possible. According to several reports, QuickTime is vulnerable to security breaches and will likely be used by hackers and criminals to control Windows PCs remotely. According to several reports, Apple last updated QuickTime in January 2016
You can use Control Panel —>Programs —>Remove a Program or a program like Geek Uninstaller to remove Apple QuickTime. The only reason why a Windows user would need QuickTime is to play .MOV files. If you need to play .MOV files you can use a program like VLC Player which is available free of charge from Video Lan.
The following is from the “Washington Post” newspaper:
U.S. Homeland Security Warns Windows Users to Remove Apple QuickTime
“If your Windows PC still runs Apple’s QuickTime, it’s time to find another video player.
“The Department of Homeland Security just issued a warning that recommends removing QuickTime for Windows after cybersecurity firm Trend Micro reported finding two “critical vulnerabilities” in the program, which Apple will no longer be providing security updates for.
“Software often stills works after a company ends support, but users are left at risk because newly discovered security problems won’t be fixed. The warning only applies to the Windows version of QuickTime, so Mac users don’t need to worry about it.
“Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but QuickTime for Windows has been on the decline for awhile. Apple never supported the program for Windows 8 or 10 — the two most recent flavors of Microsoft’s operating system — and its last security update was in January.
In a blog post Thursday, Trend Micro wrote that it had reported two major bugs in the software to Apple but that the tech giant didn’t fix them. The flaws could be exploited by a cybercriminal to attack computers when users visit a malicious website or open an unsafe file, according to the cybersecurity firm...”