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Some iPods Shipped with Windows Virus

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posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 02:31 PM
Apple has acknowledged that less than one percent of the new video iPod were shipped with a Windows-based virus. Microsoft denied that the virus exploited a Windows vulnerability. McAfee has issued a fix. The IPod software can be restored by using ITunes 7.

Apple Computer is apologizing to owners of recent video iPods users who may find their devices infected by a Windows-based virus.

While the RavMonE.exe virus is rated a low risk by anti-virus companies, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker is pointing a finger of blame at Microsoft.

Apple said it discovered the RavMonE.exe virus on video iPods leaving a contract manufacturer and effects units purchased after Sept. 12, 2006. Owners of iPod nanos, shuffles and Mac OS X operating system are unaffected, according to the Cupertino, Calif-based computer maker.

The virus propagates using mass storage devices connected to Windows machines, such as external hard drives, digital cameras, removable media and USB flash drives. The effect is mild: your computer security settings are lowered and is easily-detected, according to McAfee .

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Only about 25 of the devices have been reported to have been found with the virus, but consumers should be aware of the issue and know how to resolve it.

[edit on 2006/10/18 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 02:33 PM
I'm glad I have a Mac with all the UNIX security tools installed

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