Quicktime is an application made by Apple for viewing and editing video files. For years, it was the default option for viewing videos that were shot on an iPhone or iPad. In recent years, however, other video players have become much more powerful on Windows and Quicktime has languished in obscurity. Recent announcements from TrendMicro and the Department of Homeland Security have indicated that Quicktime has gone from being just an obsolete program to being a security risk. To remove QuickTime from your computer, check out the video below or follow the uninstall guide.

Removing QuickTime

1. Open your Control Panel by launching the Start Menu (or pressing the Windows key on your keyboard) and typing 'Control Panel'.

2. Scroll down until you see Programs and Settings, then click on it:

3. The Programs and Features menu shows you a list of every program installed on your PC. Scroll down the list until you see the QuickTime player. If you don't see QuickTime on the list, great, you're done! If you do see it on the list, select it, then choose 'Uninstall' from the menu at the top of the screen:

4. The Uninstall process will take a minute or so to complete and you'll have to agree that you do want to uninstall it. You won't need to restart your computer.

Replacement for QuickTime

If you're worried about how your computer will play video files in the future, check (under Programs and Features) to see if you have the VLC Media Player installed. It's the best free video player you can find and it will handle all of the file types (like .MOV) that were once in QuickTime's wheelhouse. If you don't have VLC already installed, you can download it here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/