Last week US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security) released an alert that Apple is ending support for QuickTime for Windows, and that new vulnerabilities were found. Since Apple will no longer be issuing security updates for the software QuickTime for Windows, it is recommended to uninstall the program. To read the the complete alert, click here.
Design Data Corporation is advising all users running QuickTime for Windows to uninstall the program to help reduce this vulnerability. We ask that all users take a few moments to uninstall this program.
The process of uninstalling this program is as simple as removing any other program from your computer; to uninstall this program follow the 2 steps below.
1.) Go to your Start Menu and select Control Panel, then select Programs and Features.
2.) Find and select the QuickTime program (May be QuickTime 7) in the list, and then click Uninstall. You can also use Windows Search to find “Uninstall QuickTime.”
Beginning on Thursday April 21, 2016, Design Data will begin removing this program behind the scenes via script for our ReThink IT clients. This will have little to no effect on your ability to work. If you require this program, or have any questions please contact Miranda prior to 5 PM on 4/20/16 at 717-295-9712 or email mtroccoli@DesignDataCorp.com.
*Please be aware that this applies only to QuickTime for Windows, and that this does not affect Mac OS users.
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Source: Important Alert – PLEASE READ
*Update 4/19/16 – QuickTime alternative*
As a replacement for QuickTime for Windows, we would recommend installing VLC media player. It is a free open source multimedia player that will play most multimedia files. VLC supports all formats of video, including, FLAC, MKV, MOV, TS and Ogg. It will play files that use QuickTime and are saved to the hard drive, however, it will not play QuickTime videos embedded in a website, i.e. Apple Trailers.
This free download can be found by visiting http://www.videolan.org/, or in the Windows Store – VLC for Windows Store https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj3t0. If you are installing directly from the VideoLAN website, simply click the download VLC button and follow the installer instructions. Through the Windows Store select the “Get the app” button, and you will be prompted to sign in to you Microsoft account to install.