Small number of Video iPods carry Windows Virus

October 17, 2006

RavMonEApple admitted that less than 1 percent of iPods shipped after September 12 are carrying a Windows trojan horse with the filename of RavMonE.exe. RavMonE.exe infects the target computer by means of external storage drives and the famous “autoplay” function in Windows XP. The trojan horse can spread to other external drives when attacking a PC without any user prompt or warning. Apple suggests Windows users download a free trial of Malware protection software; but a forum topic at Norman.com can help remove those infected with the virus.

This is very bad press for Apple and Windows. But what many should realize is that Windows is Windows, and we all know that Windows can easily be attacked by any sort of virus or trojan horse. It just happened to be that some iPods were attacked by the virus and Apple should have done a better job detecting malicious software on their products before release.

We 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.

12 Responses

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    Another Great reason to buy an Apple Comp.

    October 19th, 2006 at 11:55 pm

  2. Chris says:

    ^^^
    You mean buy a PC and download OSX.

    Apple’s hardware is overrated and overpriced.

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