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Apple: "How to remove the Windows virus" Posted by Sean @ 11:06 GMT

First McDonald's and now Apple.

http://www.apple.com/getamac/

Apple Support has a very interesting notice available today. It seems that some of the iPod (video) units available for purchase from September 12th contain the RavMonE.exe virus. More details are available from: http://www.apple.com/support/windowsvirus/.

Also of interest is Apple's framing of this support issue. Note that the notice is located in a sub-folder named "WindowsVirus" rather than "virus". In fact, the words "Windows Virus" appear eight times while the name of the virus - RavMonE.exe - is mentioned only twice. Let's be clear, some Apple iPods have shipped with a virus that affects mass storage devices. So it might not be a Mac OS or an iPod issue. But this is an Apple issue, not just Windows.

"Small number", "less than 1%", "less than 25", and "easily restore" are also mentioned frequently in the notice. With more than eight million iPods shipped in Apple's third quarter we would be interested in a raw number for that 1% effected by this. What's one percent of a few million?

From the notice: "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." Whom do you think the people that bought those iPods will be more upset with?






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