Experts warn: remove QuickTime to avoid hackers

A US cyber security team is advising Windows computer users to remove the software QuickTime to avoid being hacked.

The US Computer Security Readiness Team (CERT) issued the alert on their website late last week.

The alert recommends removing the media software from any computer using Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed.

"According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation," CERT wrote.

According to CERT, computer systems that continue to run the unsupported software are exposing themselves to "elevated cybersecurity dangers".

"Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems...such as increased risks of malicious attacks or electronic data loss.

"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," CERT wrote.

The team said the only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.

How to uninstall QuickTime for Windows as suggested by Apple:

1. Uninstall QuickTime 7 from Control Panel, as you would other programs on your PC.

2. When following Microsoft's instructions for uninstalling programs, choose QuickTime 7 as the program to uninstall.

3. Or use Windows Search to find "Uninstall QuickTime," and start the process that way.

The alert doesn't apply to QuickTime running on Apple computers.