Soon after Apple announced that it won’t be releasing Security updates for QuickTime running on Microsoft Windows, it was advised by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime using Windows platform. This advice which falls under alert TA16-105A on the United States Computer Readiness Team website was taken by the Government officials to avoid any future security risks.
In addition to the information mentioned above, the alert also states that Windows users must be aware that the Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two risks found in the Apple’s QuickTime framework running on Windows. They also mentioned that all “software products have a lifecycle”, and the fact that “Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows” actually makes sense.
Here is the proposed solution of the problem by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team:
“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.”
A report from Trend Micro also claimed that not only Apple is discontinuing QuickTime for Windows, it wont even be providing patches for the two serious vulnerabilities outlined by Zero Day Initiative. However, note that unlike Windows users, customers using Mac will keep receiving support from the Cupertino company.
So if you happen to be using Microsoft Windows, we recommend you to give a serious thought to the advice by Apple, Trend Micro and Zero Day Initiative. Now if you decide to uninstall Apple Quicktime, the company themselves have released a support document which will apparently guide you through the process of removing QuickTime from your computer.
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