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US Govt: Uninstall Apple QuickTime

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2016 12:26 User comments (6)

US Govt: Uninstall Apple QuickTime The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned Windows PC owners that they should uninstall Apple's QuickTime, after major vulnerabilities were found in the software.
Apple no longer supports the Windows variant of QuickTime so the DHS says you should uninstall the software to avoid a "loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets."

Security firm Trend Micro made a similar announcement earlier this week, although they noted that there have not been any successful attacks using the exploits that they know of.

There's actually a pretty good chance you don't have QuickTime installed, anyways, especially since it does not run on Windows 8 or Windows 10, but if you are running an older operating system it may be time to uninstall the app.

Source:
Reuters

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6 user comments

115.4.2016 21:15

Why did they have it installed in the first place? I have been using PCs for nearly 25 years now and have NEVER installed iTunes on any of my or my client's Windows PC. Have never needed it!

215.4.2016 21:46

Originally posted by pmshah:
Why did they have it installed in the first place? I have been using PCs for nearly 25 years now and have NEVER installed iTunes on any of my or my client's Windows PC. Have never needed it!
Ummm...What? iTunes ≠ Quicktime!

315.4.2016 23:51

Originally posted by KurtR:
Originally posted by pmshah:
Why did they have it installed in the first place? I have been using PCs for nearly 25 years now and have NEVER installed iTunes on any of my or my client's Windows PC. Have never needed it!
Ummm...What? iTunes ≠ Quicktime!
Quicktime used to be bundled with the iTunes install on Windows.


416.4.2016 00:26

So what is a Quicktime PRO user to do who's actually PAID for the Pro version?

516.4.2016 10:45

I'm running Windows 10 on all my computers and Quicktime is installed and running on them.

616.4.2016 17:01

Seems a bit weird for Homeland Security to be issuing a warning like this is it not? Possible petty swipe due to Apple thwarting the efforts of the FBI and making the US government look a bit silly.

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