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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

October 18 - iPod Windows Virus

When an Apple product ships with a Windows Virus intended to attack Microsoft's OS, it's not surprising that people get suspicious. But it was good ol' Apple who ended up admitting to the inadvertant sabotauge. It was just the other day that we heard of trojans being distributed via MP3s, and now this? Is this the dawn of a new cyber era? Will we all eventually become victims of the same, horrible fate? Who knows, but Apple have fixed the problem. All iPods now ship Virus free! In a statement, Apple said they, '...recently discovered that a small number - less than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus. This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.' Apple, being the good souls they are have posted full details on how to remove the virus here.

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