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Dept of Homeland Security Recommends Windows Users Uninstall Quicktime

Tim Summers
Technology Alert

If you are a Windows computer user and use either an iPhone or iTunes, chances are you may also have the Apple Quicktime software installed on your computer.  The Department of Homeland Security has identified a vulnerability within the Quicktime software that can allow hackers to access the computer.

A couple of key points:

  • Apple has officially discontinued their support of the Quicktime software on a Windows computer.  This means no more security patches, bug fixes or upgrades to Quicktime on a Windows machine.
  • Apple Mac users are not included in this alert because Apple will still patch their own operating system and Apple software.
  • TrendMicro, a large anti-virus software manufacturer, has said that to their knowledge no one has been hacked through Quicktime yet.

How To Uninstall - Windows 7

  1. Left-click the Start button
  2. Left-click on "Control Panel"
  3. Left-click on "Programs" and then "Programs and Features"
  4. (if you have a lot of icons within your Control Panel just look for Programs and Features)
  5. Scroll down the list and left-click on QuickTime
  6. Select the Uninstall option.

How To Uninstall - Windows 10

  1. Left-click the Start button
  2. Left-click on "Settings"
  3. Left-click on "System"
  4. Left-click on "Apps & Features" from the left hand vertical list
  5. Scroll down the list and left-click on QuickTime
  6. Left-click on the Uninstall button that appears

Need Help Uninstalling QuickTime?  
Please be very careful when uninstalling programs from your computer.  Selecting the wrong program to uninstall can certainly cause you headaches, lost productivity, etc. If you need help uninstalling QuickTime from your computer(s) please call us at 937-454-1984 to schedule a service call.

About Tim Summers

Tim Summers is a long-time nerd and the owner of Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc. Tim has built a reputation within the Dayton, Ohio area as an honest and reliable computer consultant who blends sound business principles with quality technical advice and service. Tim spends most of his waking hours in front of a computer and some of his sleeping hours as well. Currently, Tim splits his time between providing I.T. support services, building websites, and trying to train a high energy Dachshund mix named Gizmo.


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