Last April, Apple confirmed about pulling the plug on 11-year old QuickTime 7 for Windows. This brought a surge of calls to uninstall the software immediately, as it will leave any computer at risk for vulnerabilities.
Research showed that the lack of Apple support will open two security holes that bad guys can use to launch an attack through the QuickTime Player. Naturally, QuickTime for Microsoft Windows becomes vulnerable to exploits without security updates. Christopher Budd of Global Threat Communications released two advisories – ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242 that outlined critical vulnerabilities that will affect QuickTime for Windows. Although there are no reports of any attacks yet, it pays to minimize risks by uninstalling QuickTime in Windows.
Apple provided instructions on how to uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows.
- Save QuickTime 7 Pro registration key if you use one before uninstalling QuickTime 7. Launch QuickTime Player and go to the Register Tab > Edit > Preferences.
- Use Windows Search to find uninstall QuickTime and remove it from your computer the same way you would uninstall other Microsoft programs. Another alternative would be to go to Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
Included in Apple’s uninstall instructions is to check whether a program requires QuickTime or uses it as a plug-in. This is because removing QuickTime 7 will also remove the legacy of QuickTime 7 web plug-in. As it turned out, it was a timely warning because Creative Cloud is said to be affected when QuickTime for Windows is uninstalled. This will leave creative app’s user quite vulnerable. Well, not quite.
It may not arrive sooner than what most people hoped, but Adobe promises to deliver a QuickTime Windows fix very soon. The company is prioritizing native support for ProRes in its Windows applications. This would effectively eliminate the need for Windows QuickTime when using Creative Cloud.
In a blog post, Adobe Pro Audio and Video Director of Engineering David McGavran said that the ProRes implementation will be included in the Creative Cloud update that will be released shortly. This update is fully licensed and certified by Apple.
Adobe is also set to release additional support for QuickTime Animation, AAC Audio, and PNG, and native export support for DNxHD and DNxHR in .mov wrappers. As for the rest of media that rely on QuickTime formats, users are advised to find ways to transcode those files to get rid of QuickTime.
In the end, users have to uninstall QuickTime…soon. But not before the release of Adobe’s fix.