There’s not much reason to have QuickTime on a Windows computer in this day and age, because there are many other options for watching videos. That’s why Apple has decided to stop updating it. And since a lack of updates means a lack of protection—including against two active vulnerabilities—you need to get rid of it right away.
The two vulnerabilities were reported by Trend Micro, and Apple has no plans to ever patch them. Trend Micro says there are no active attacks that exploit the vulnerability yet, but now that they’re public—and that Apple is publicly done with QuickTime for Windows—it’s advisable to take proactive approach.
Sound implausible that there are that many people this might affect? It’s not. More than 10 percent of desktop computers worldwide still run Windows XP, according to Net Applications. And Microsoft hasn’t offered official security updates for that operating system in over two years.
If you’re a QuickTime user, or if you know one, please spread the word: No more QuickTime on Windows. And if you’re not sure how to get rid of it, just go to the Start icon, click on the Control Panel, then Programs, then Programs and Features. Select QuickTime, and then click Uninstall.
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