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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Apple Ships iPods with Windows Virus

A relatively small number of Apple's iPod portable MP3 players shipped with a Windows virus, Apple reported this week. The problem, which affects the full-sized iPod with video, can affect Windows computers that are connected to the devices.

Apple, naturally, took this moment to partially blame the problem on Microsoft. "We are upset at Windows for not being more hardy [sic] against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it," Apple said in a statement on its Web site that was apparently not vetted through Microsoft Word's grammar checker. Apple says the virus originated on a "Windows terminal" at a factory owned by an unnamed iPod "contract manufacturer."

"The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all video iPods now shipping are virus free," the Apple statement reads. "This known virus affects only Windows computers."

The virus, called RavMonE.exe, can be easily eradicated with free tools from security companies such as McAfee and Symantec, but Apple recommends that any Windows users who recently purchased an iPod check their entire systems, including any external storage devices, for the virus. According to Apple, the virus doesn't pose any direct threat to data files on an infected PC, but it does lower security settings.

Apple says less than 1 percent of the iPod with video units it's shipped include the virus, and it has received fewer than 25 reports concerning this problem. For more information and links to tools that can remove the virus, please visit the Apple Web site.
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