The US Department for Homeland Security has warned Windows users to remove Apple's QuickTime for Windows after two zero-day vulnerabilities were found in the code.
Security firm Trend Micro uncovered the bugs and confirmed with Apple that QuickTime for Windows is now end-of-life.
This means it will not receive any further updates, so any attempt to run it will put computers at risk.
The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has advised customers that removing QuickTime is the only way to mitigate the risks.
Trend Micro has not found any evidence of real-world attacks, but said that the decision not to fix the bugs, released in accordance with the Zero Day Initiative, means that QuickTime should now be treated with the same suspicion as other end-of-life products.
"We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently. But the only way to protect your Windows systems from potential attacks against these or other vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime is to uninstall it," said Trend Micro.
Apple has yet to comment, but it is common knowledge that the company has been planning to end support QuickTime for a while.
But the news is still surprising, mostly because the firm has not officially said as much, although it does have a support page explaining how to remove the software.
Many commentators have said in the past that QuickTime is full of vulnerabilities, but not to the extent of plug-ins such as Adobe Flash and Java.
The end of QuickTime for Windows will not concern many users of Microsoft's operating system, but it's worth noting that a lot of older websites with embedded video will no longer work on Windows machines.
Additionally, some third-party packages will no longer play mp4 video files, such as those found in Apple's iTunes, although many users have found workarounds in the past.
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