I’ve just been informed that Apple’s QuickTime has been referred to as a “Critical Alert” from The Department of Homeland Security.
If you have Apple’s QuickTime installed on your Windows computer, you SHOULD uninstall it NOW and address this promptly!
The Department of Homeland Security – US-CERT (United States Emergency Readiness Team) has issued an alert on Apple’s QuickTime Application for Windows
Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced
Basically Apple is no longer issuing security updates for the QuickTime Product installed on Windows Based Computers. This will allow hackers to exploit the computer.
The fix is to uninstall QuickTime from your Windows Based Computer. Notice this is only for Apple QuickTime installed on a Windows based Computer, this does not apply to QuickTime Installed on an Apple Device.
There has been no public comment from Apple on the situation, though the company has posted instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on its website.
If you do NOT uninstall QuickTime from your Windows PC – you are at RISK to hackers taking over your computer and gathering your information.
I also checked this out on Snopes.com and it does NOT appear to be a hoax:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has sent out an urgent alert advising Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime program, the video and audio software (once) widely used to play movie trailers and other Internet media clips, due to two major vulnerabilities in the program that can allow hackers into people’s computers.
Apple has been periodically fixing bugs in QuickTime over the past several years. but Apple has pulled support for QuickTime on Windows, and their last update for the product came in late January 2016.
QuickTime for Windows will continue to work and is still available for download, but Apple and the DHS have urged Windows users to uninstall the program.
“Using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats,” DHS said in their alert. “The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.
If this has helped you, please leave a comment below and what actions you took.