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Windows users should uninstall Quicktime immediately, Trend Micro warns

Quicktime for Windows

Do you by chance have Quicktime installed on your PC? If so, Trend Micro strongly recommends that you ditch it as soon as possible. The site recently discovered two “critical vulnerabilities,” listed here and here, that enable “remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations” of Quicktime for Windows. But the really worrying bit is that Apple has stopped issuing security updates for the software, and that means those flaws will never be fixed.

“We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently,” Trend Micro wrote. “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.”

Uninstalling Quicktime is a fairly straightforward process, but Apple has full instructions here if you want to make sure you've got it all. And if you absolutely, positively must have it on your system for some reason, there is one bright spot: The exploit requires “user interaction” to do its thing, like running a program or visiting a malicious web page, so your PC can't simply be detonated from remote. (The downside, obviously, is that if you do get hammered through this vulnerability, you'll have nobody to blame but yourself.)

If you're interested in a replacement player for watching old Quicktime videos you've got lying around now and then, I'd recommend the VLC player. It's not perfect, so it may take a little extra effort to make the magic happen, but it works well and handles most major audio and video formats without any trouble.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.