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Windows users: Uninstall Apple’s QuickTime from your computer immediately

You might want to uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows on your PC.
You might want to uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows on your PC. Michael Smith/Newsmakers/File

If you still use Apple’s QuickTime for Windows video player, you should uninstall it as soon as possible.

According to security firm Trend Micro, the software contains two critical security vulnerabilities that puts users at risk of viruses and security threats.

However, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, which means the vulnerabilities won’t be fixed.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness team (US-CERT) issued a warning to Windows users last week, urging them to uninstall the software, after learning about the security concerns.

“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,” reads the warning.

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Trend Micro added, “The only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it.”

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The warning only applies to those using QuickTime on Windows computers – Mac users don’t have to worry.

Apple has not commented on the issue; however, some have questioned why the company didn’t notify users it was dropping support for QuickTime for Windows.

While the software isn’t the best or most popular video player option for Windows users, a lot of people likely installed it alongside Apple’s iTunes software.

Apple has provided instructions on how to uninstall QuickTime for Windows on its website.