You Need to Uninstall Windows QuickTime Now: Here's How

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PC users who hate Apple have yet another reason to be upset with the tech giant. Apple has reportedly decided to stop updating QuickTime for Windows, putting users of the multimedia software at risk of attack. Two new QuickTime vulnerabilities have been found that open up users to remote attacks, and Apple's apparent recommendation is that Windows just uninstall QuickTime.

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In a blog post yesterday (April 14). Tokyo-based security firm Trend Micro disclosed two QuickTime for Windows flaws that could let a malicious website or email attachment hijack a PC. Normally such flaws would be quickly patched, but Trend Micro says Apple told it that QuickTime for Windows has been deprecated -- tech talk for "abandoned" -- and that there are no plans to update it at all.

These QuickTime vulnerabilities do not affect Mac users, and the software is presumably still being developed for OS X and iOS. We've reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story if and when we receive it.

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The QuickTime vulnerabilities are so concerning, and Apple's video codec so widely distributed, that the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, jumped in with an alert yesterday advising Windows users to uninstall QuickTime.

US-CERT stated that keeping QuickTime for Windows installed risks a "loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets."

QuickTime has been around for 25 years, and for much of that time was essential for playing certain types of media files on both Mac and Windows. But it's largely been supplanted by more advanced, more flexible software on all platforms in the past few years.

The QuickTime for Windows bugs were found by the Zero Day Initiative, a long-running bug-bounty program that was recently transferred from HP to Trend Micro. 

Here are step-by-step instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows, using Windows' own Programs and Features management tool for Windows 7.

1. Click the Start button.uninstallqt01

2. Select Control Panel. If you're running a later version of Windows, type in "Add or Remove Programs" to the search prompt and click on that result.uninstallqt02

3. Select Uninstall a program. uninstallqt03

4. Select QuickTime.uninstallqt04

5. Click Uninstall.uninstallqt056. Click Yes.uninstallqt06

QuickTime for Windows has been uninstalled.uninstallqt07


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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • MarkF Says:

    It seems that neither Microsoft nor Apple can give the correct answer. Found this on one of Microsoft Boards and it seems to have fixed the problem.

    Ramesh Srinivasan replied on 24 April 2016

    Hi Bill,

    Try the Revo Uninstaller


    GeekUninstaller | GeekUninstaller :

    Note: Be sure to make a restore point before running these tools.

    I tried Revo Uninstaller and it appears to have removed it.

  • MarkF Says:

    I have the same problem as Cheryl. I have Windows 10.

  • Cheryl Says:

    I have uninstalled many programs, however, I cannot get Quicktime to uninstall! After selecting uninstall and being told to wait while preparing to remove rather that getting the uninstall confirmation, I am asked "Do you want the following software to configure updates on this computer?" I have selected both yes and no to no avail - Quicktime 7 is still in my list of installed programs and I have never received a confirmation of completed uninstalling. What the??

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