US Department of Homeland Security brief on QuickTime

Apr 18, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Security Readiness Team (CERT) issued an alert on Thursday, 4/14/2016, after Trend Micro put out word that Apple will no longer be updating defenses in QuickTime and that two vulnerabilities in the program could be exploited by hackers.

WTE Solutions ( has reviewed the US Department of Homeland Security brief on  QuickTime and agrees that this is of concern. We suggest that all Windows users remove QuickTime media software to avoid being hacked.  

"Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems," CERT said in the alert. "The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows."

This does not affect any Macintosh (MAC) computers, iPhones or iPads. This is only for users who have Windows.

VERY IMPORTANT: Many computers may have had QuickTime installed automatically from iTunes being installed, or from some other applications like learning CD's, etc.  It is best to review the Programs and Features and make sure you do not have it installed on your machine.  Users need to follow up with your IT staff or local "geek" to make sure it is removed if you are unsure how to remove it. 

How to uninstall software on Windows 7