QuickTime 7 Security Concerns on Windows

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2017 08:51AM PST

QuickTime 7 for Windows is an essential component for many video programs and must be installed for Squeeze to function properly. Unfortunately the US CERT has recently issued an alert recommending users uninstall QuickTime on Windows.

This issue affects Squeeze on PC and also other programs you may have installed as well. As of now it looks like Apple will not be fixing the security issue anytime soon. We're looking at several solutions and will keep you updated as the situation changes.

Currently there are several workarounds to the problem:

Re-install QuickTime without the optional plug-ins
The most likely way for a security issue to affect your computer is through the internet so uninstalling the web, photo, and Java plug-ins will vastly reduce the chance you will encounter an issue.
  1. Uninstall QuickTime by following these instructions
  2. Re-install QuckTime (You can download the installer here)
  3. Un-check the Optional QuickTime Features when installing

Rename the QuickTime Player executable
This will prevent QuickTime opening accidentally by a media file or malicious code. Most video applications (including Squeeze) will work normally because they usually don’t need the player itself, just the additional QuickTime components installed along with with the main program.

The executable is located in “C:\Program Files(x86)\QuickTime\” and is called "QuickTimePlayer.exe" You can rename it by adding an underscore or dash at the beginning like “_QuickTimePlayer.exe” or "-QuickTimePlayer.exe" and its .dll to “_QuickTimePlayer.dll” or “-QuickTimePlayer.dll”.

Install or update your firewall
Do not allow any programs other than Squeeze, and other authorized programs, to access QuickTime

Disconnect your computer from the internet
The internet is the primary way your machine could be compromised by the QuickTime security issues so disconnecting the machine from the internet will keep you relatively safe. Infected files could still be transferred via USB or other media but this is usually easier to control.

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