Apple Forsakes QuickTime For Windows, Stops Security Patches

Looks like Apple has given up on its QuickTime media player for Windows – for good. It’s been a long time coming and the company will no longer be issuing updates for the media player. Security vendor Trend Micro is urging QuickTime for Windows users to uninstall the program after finding two zero day vulnerabilities on it. Here are the details.

QuickTime comes with OS X and it has been available for download for Windows operating systems for some time although Apple never officially supported the software for Windows 8 and 10. The company has now ceased providing updates for QuickTime for Windows which is particularly concerning for existing users given there are known securities on it that won’t be patched.

This is why Trend Micro is recommending QuickTime for Windows users to uninstall the media player. The security company has identified two critical vulnerabilities affecting the program. Here’s what Trend Micro had to say about the security flaws:

“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently. But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it. In this regard, QuickTime for Windows now joins Microsoft Windows XP and Oracle Java 6 as software that is no longer being updated to fix vulnerabilities and subject to ever increasing risk as more and more unpatched vulnerabilities are found affecting it.”

There are plenty of alternative media players to QuickTime such, such as VLC, so users who do uninstall it won’t be left in the lurch. Full instructions on how to uninstall QuickTime for Windows can be found on Apple’s support page.

You can find out more about the vulnerabilities over at Trend Micro’s blog.

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