Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Remove QuickTime after Apple Support Removed

If you have not heard the news, both the Department of Homeland Security and Apple have confirmed that Apple's QuickTime application running on a Windows device should be removed due to existing security holes. Apple's QuickTime application is a video player that also runs on Windows and is often automatically downloaded when iTunes is installed. QuickTime should be uninstalled from Windows devices as quickly as possible and can be completed by following these steps on the Windows device:
  • In Control Panel, open "Programs and Features"
    • In Windows 10 search for "Control Panel"
    • In Windows 7 click the Start Menu, open "Control Panel"
  • From the currently installed programs list, scroll to QuickTime and click on it (the programs list is sorted alphabetically)  
  • Click the "Uninstall" button at the top of the list of programs

  • When prompted, click "yes" to verify you want to uninstall QuickTime

  • The uninstall wizard will remove QuickTime

  • Once the application is uninstalled, the currently installed programs list updates and QuickTime is no longer listed

Uninstalling QuickTime from a Windows device is as simple as uninstalling any program or application from a Windows device. The process is covered here because of the importance of doing so to protect Windows devices from the security risks associated with having QuickTime installed. It is important to note that these security warnings and risks have not been issued for QuickTime running on Apple devices. For more information, read this article discussing how Apple dropped support for QuickTime running on Windows devices.

As always, protecting yourself is important, and one of the best ways to do this is by being proactive with security items that are quick and easy to fix yourself!

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