The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cyber readiness team has advised Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime media player from their PCs.
“Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends,” US-CERT wrote in an advisory published Thursday. “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.”
US-CERT (U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team) based its alert on news Thursday from Trend Micro’s Tipping Point group, which said it had been told by Apple that QuickTime on Windows had been deprecated, or dropped from support, meaning no future security updates will be issued.