Apple Ending Support for QuickTime For Windows, Users Should Uninstall

quicktimeThe Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team today issued an alert recommending Windows users with QuickTime installed uninstall the software as new vulnerabilities have been discovered that Apple does not plan to patch.
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. 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.
The recommendation comes following a report from Trend Micro outlining Apple's plans to deprecate the software, which means no more security updates will be issued. At the same time, two new critical vulnerabilities have been discovered that affect QuickTime for Windows, and with no security updates forthcoming, the only defense against a potential attack is to remove the software.

For Windows users who want to uninstall QuickTime, Apple has published a support document that outlines all of the necessary steps. QuickTime for Mac is not affected.

Update 4/18: Apple has confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that QuickTime will no longer be updated.



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14 months ago
So, let me get this straight. The department that keeps us safe from terrorist is issuing a warning to users because Apple won't fix old software, but the FBI knows a flaw in old IPhone software and keeps it secret to protect us from... Wait for it.... Terrorist. Lol
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14 months ago
Oh no not QuickTime!

Guess I'll just have to take my mind off it by firing up Windows 98, kicking back to Smashmouth and playing some Age of Empires II.
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14 months ago
Honestly not much of a loss, VLC Media Player can play all QuickTime content to my knowledge.
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14 months ago
Where has Apple's icon design gone.

It's sad when an app that's been discontinued has a significantly better icon than Apple's current apps.

(QuickTime for Mac is just as irrelevant)
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14 months ago
"quit-time" for window users.
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14 months ago
I would think the government would like people to keep compromised software installed as it makes their job easier. I guess it must be a misscommunication between agencies.
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14 months ago
I remember when QuickTime was required for my Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys ...Baby One More Time and Backstreets Back CD's Enhanced content. Its was so cool back in 2000. I didn't have the hardware resources to play it on my Windows 98 PC at home, had to view it on my dads IBM Aptiva at the office with Windows 98 SE. :)
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14 months ago

Where has Apple's icon design gone.

It's sad when an app that's been discontinued has a significantly better icon than Apple's current apps.

(QuickTime for Mac is just as irrelevant)

I think the decline in Apple logo design coincides with the dismissal of Scott Forstall [s]Craig Federighi[/s]. While it might be true that it was time for skeuomorphism to go by the wayside, Forstall [s]Federighi[/s] wasn't a one-trick pony. Had he remained at Apple, Scott [s]Craig[/s] would have ushered in new, modern software designs that Playskool Jony can only dream about.

EDIT: Thanks for everyone who politely pointed out that I had confused Craig Federighi with Scott Forstall.
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14 months ago

I think the decline in Apple logo design coincides with the dismissal of Craig Federighi. While it might be true that it was time for skeuomorphism to go by the wayside, Federighi wasn't a one-trick pony. Had he remained at Apple, Craig would have ushered in new, modern software designs that Playskool Jony can only dream about.


You got it wrong... Forstall... Scott Forstall
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14 months ago
doesn't seem like much of a loss.
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