The recommendation comes directly from the US government after Apple refused to fix two vulnerabilities of video reading program QuickTime.
US Government Advises Windows Users To uninstall QuickTime
The Department of the Homeland Security of the United States recommended all the Windows computer users to remove or uninstall QuickTime program of Apple from their PC for the security reasons.
Trend Micro Inc., a global security software company found two vulnerabilities in popular video playback software, which can be exploited to launch computer attacks. Exploiting QuickTime vulnerabilities could allow invasion of affected systems. Yet there are no cases of known attacks that exploit these vulnerabilities, which are exclusive to the Windows version of the program, but they exist.
According to the US government department, Apple has no plans to update the software QuickTime, since this is “end of life”. “The only way to mitigate the problem is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows,” according to the promptings of the Department of Homeland Security. Using unsupported software raises the risk of malicious attacks and loss of electronic data. However, uninstalling the program is the only way to keep the PC safe before criminal attacks.
If you still use QuickTime to view some videos, you can always definitely change or replace it with VLC, a free program, developed in freeware, which decodes virtually all existing video formats.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, Apple had released a statement encouraging all Windows users to uninstall the program QuickTime and plugins linked to it. That’s because Apple decided not to further support the application on Windows systems.
Before you uninstall the software, it is recommended to save the keys that the user may have in the registry preferences QuickTime Player accessing the menu “Edit” and then “Preferences”. Then you can proceed with the uninstallation process via standard way through the Control Panel. For more details about the process of uninstalling QuickTime 7, simply access the Apple support page.