Apple Stopping QuickTime for Windows Updates

QuickTime for Windows will no longer have updates from Apple security experts announced. Two vulnerabilities were discovered on the Windows platform of QuickTime, and were reported to Apple by the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

ZDI also said that they were “advised that the product would be deprecated on Windows” and that Apple would be distributing information on how to remove the software from Windows computers.

While Apple has not released an official statement on the end of QuickTime for Windows, the ZDI website published details of the security holes in the software that haven’t been fixed or are being pursued by hackers.

The program can still be downloaded from Apple’s website but ZDI stated that the company had announced it was no longer releasing updates for the Windows version.

Trend Micro, one of the first to release the news, released a statement saying the recently discovered vulnerabilities left the software defenseless against new threats.

QuickTime for Windows can be still downloaded online but Apple said it was no longer releasing updates for the Windows version.

“The only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime now is to uninstall it,” said the security firm’s statement.

QuickTime for Mac, on the other hand, would still receive updates for the program. Apple’s website describes QuickTime for Windows as part of the software package legacy tool. A guide to uninstalling the program reads, “uninstalling QuickTime 7 also remove the legacy QuickTime 7 web plug-in, if present. Removing legacy browser plug-ins enhances the security of your PC.”

QuickTime handles video, audio, and interactive content on computers. First released for Mac in 1991, the program later was made available for Windows Computers.

More recently, Adobe announced that they are releasing a workaround for Windows soon. They are prioritizing work on native support for ProRes in Windows programs – making Windows users not needing to use QuickTime for their computers.

Adobe’s program is fully certified and licensed by Apple and the update will shortly be included in a future Creative Cloud update.

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