US-CERT to Windows Users: Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

I wanted to share this with everyone as this is something that is very important for folks to do. Krebsonsecurity.com recently reported that Microsoft is saying to remove Apple QuickTime for security concerns. Krebs reports:

“Microsoft Windows users who still have Apple Quicktime installed should ditch the program now that Apple has stopped shipping security updates for it, warns the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.”

See the post from Apple “QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple”  https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US

US-CERT Post: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-105A

Thanks to Brian Krebs at krebsonsecurity.com for alerting us to this.