Apple’s QuickTime is an app that lets you watch videos. It’s an older program, long since surpassed by newer video players like VLC and MPC-HC.
The fact is, Apple has even stopped updating QuickTime, which has led to an unfortunate situation.
QuickTime Has Bugs – And They Won’t Get Patched
Trend Micro, a security software provider, has discovered 2 bugs in QuickTime. If exploited by hackers or malware, the bugs could crash your computer*. Or open up your data to theft.
*Note: Only Windows PCs are affected (for now).
Ordinarily bugs would get patched by the software maker, but Apple is no longer updating QuickTime. As a result, Trend Micro believes there is only one option – uninstall QuickTime completely to protect your computers.
The bugs pose enough of a threat that even Homeland Security agrees – uninstall it!
How to Uninstall QuickTime
Uninstalling QuickTime is simple. Here are the steps.
- Open the Control Panel. Click Programs and Features.
- Locate QuickTime in the software list (you’ll see it as either “QuickTime” or “Apple QuickTime”).
- Click it, and click the Uninstall button.
- Follow the prompts to finish uninstalling.
If you use QuickTime for video, we recommend switching to another player. Here are some of the free video players available (without the bugs!):
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