The U.S. government has issued a severe alert to anyone who has Windows installed on their computers. The Homeland Security Department, who usually deals with terrorist attacks and physical threats, is urging Windows users to uninstall Apple's QuickTime program.
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QuickTime is a video and audio software that, quite a few years ago, was the most widely used software to watch internet video clips, movie trailers, and even play audio files. However, it has been replaced by websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Netflix.
Apple last updated the program in January, but this week they decided that they won't be updating it anymore. This means that there won't be any updates to in the interface, but more troubling, is the fact that there won't be any security updates for QuickTime on Windows, which is the operating system developed by Microsoft.
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The software will still work if you want to use it, but without support from Apple. This opens it up to viruses and other security risks, therefore the government is recommending it be removed:
"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. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows. Users can find instructions for uninstalling QuickTime for Windows on the Apple Uninstall QuickTime (link is external) page."