Apple has ceased support for its QuickTime 7 for Windows app and will no longer provide security patches or updates. Both Apple and the Department of Homeland Security are urging users to uninstall the program as quickly as possible.

Modern browsers don’t require Quicktime to show media content, so there is no need to have the software installed if you use an updated browser. (Talk to your IT professional about switching to a modern browser if you’re not sure.)

There are, however, two critical vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows that Apple will not be patching. No active attacks are currently known concerning these vulnerabilities, but the only sure way to protect yourself is to uninstall the program.

Apple provides a step-by-step guide for uninstalling QuickTime here:

It’s also a good time to remember that Apple no longer supports Windows XP or Java 6, also outdated software that needs to be updated.

By Prasana William