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QuickTime Security Risk on Windows

By Dan Hartman

Published April 22, 2016

Dan Hartman (UB Student, Class of 2016) was born in Rochester, NY. He transferred to UB after earning an Associate’s Degree at Monroe Community College and is working towards completing his Bachelor’s in Communication. Dan hopes to become a screenwriter someday. In his free time, he enjoys working out, eating cereal, and spending time with his friends.

Running QuickTime on your Windows machine? UBIT recommends that you uninstall it, as cybersecurity experts discovered two bugs that can leave your machine vulnerable to hackers and viruses. As of April 19, 2016, Apple is no longer supporting or updating QuickTime for Windows.

The bugs, identified by a global security software company called Trend Micro, could allow hackers to take control of a Windows PC by directing QuickTime customers to malicious web pages.
 
This warning only applies to Windows machines. Apple customers will continue to receive support and updates for QuickTime.
 
To uninstall QuickTime from your Windows computer:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click "Program and Features"
  3. Select QuickTime
  4. Click "Uninstall"

For additional help, contact the UBIT Help Center, located in the Lockwood 2nd floor Cybrary or Abbott 1st floor, at 716-645-3542 or www.buffalo.edu/ubit/help.