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Quicktime could leave your PC vulnerable to hackers warns Homeland Security

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A program you probably have on your computer right now is at the center of an urgent message from the Department of Homeland Security.

The agency is urging all Windows PC users to delete Apple's Quicktime program as it makes computers vulnerable to hackers.

The program was included in downloads and installs of iTunes on Windows machines, although most people do not know it's on their computer. It was used to play movies and videos from Apple that have the .mov extension. It is rarely needed today since other programs will play those videos.

The program has two vulnerabilities that let the bad guys take over any computer running it. Bad guys who install malware are aware of them and according to the agency, are likely working on software to make use of the vulnerabilities.

To delete Quicktime from your computer take the following steps:

  1. Click on the Windows icon on the lower left corner of the desktop
  2. At the top of the pop­out window select the icon which looks like a page with lines
  3. Click on "uninstall or change programs"
  4. Scroll down to you see the Quicktime file and click it. Windows will ask if you want to delete it.

The vulnerability only affects the program installed on Windows-based computers.

Homeland Security confirms that Apple will not provide updates to Quicktime for Windows and suggests the program be uninstalled as soon as possible.

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