McAfee explains Windows iPod virus, releases removal utility

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McAfee has detailed the newly revealed Windows virus that can be found on a small number of fifth-generation iPods. “The W32/RJump.worm, which was discovered June 20, 2006, recently reappeared on video iPod devices released by Apple late September,” explains the software company. “W32/RJump.worm uses the Python scripting language and is converted into a Windows portable executable file (RavMonE.exe). It attempts to spread by copying itself to mapped and removable storage drives and also opens a backdoor on an infected system.” McAfee has released a new version of its McAfee Stinger utility to detect and remove specific viruses, including the W32/RJump.worm and W32/QQPass.worm, another Windows-based virus that can be found on other MP3 devices.

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LC Angell

LC Angell was a senior editor at iLounge. Angell is known for her work on various aspects of the Apple ecosystem, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod. In his role at iLounge, Angell was responsible for a wide range of editorial content, including reviews, buyer's guides, news, and features.