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Topic: Should I virus scan my Ipod? (not mp3 related)

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Old 11-25-2003, 09:40 PM
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Should I virus scan my Ipod? (not mp3 related)

I have a few video files on my Ipod, (im using Ipod to store them) and was wondering: could it be possible for a virus to harm my computer if these files are infected (the obvious answer is yes) if so, will it harm my ipod to run a virus scan on it, perhaps with norton?
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Old 11-25-2003, 10:31 PM
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Audio and video files cannot carry a virus.
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Old 11-26-2003, 11:19 AM
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I wouldn't allow norton anywhere near my iPod. It could only screw it up.
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Old 11-26-2003, 11:44 AM
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I would only worry about the machine you took those files from and the machine you plan on transferring it to. I don't think that a virus that can exploit the iPod's firmware/OS model exists. But if the file on the iPod is embedded with a virus then whatever machine you transfer that file to will have it as well. Scan on the machine, skip the iPod.



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Old 11-26-2003, 03:04 PM
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I was planning to play the files directly from my ipod in HDD mode, so you suggestying that i should move all the files to my PC then scan my pc?
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Old 11-26-2003, 09:43 PM
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Old 11-27-2003, 03:34 AM
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You wouldn't have to worry about viruses affecting the iPod itself, but files you put on the iPod can definitely spread viruses to the computers you use with your iPod. Then again, with the iPod being the most popular mp3 player it's definitely possible poeple could write viruses for it, or just try to disrupt it.

Keep the computers you use with your iPod well protected with anti-virus software, then you really shouldn't have to scan your iPod for viruses.

However, there's no reason why you can't scan your iPod directly. It's a hard drive capable of containing viruses, so scan if you like, there's no way it could be damaged.
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Old 11-27-2003, 06:34 AM
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Videos can contain viruses, not directly though. I downloaded an mpeg the other day and in order to play the video I had to acquire a licience to play the video. So I clicked yes and it downloaded this adware which disabled everything in Norton and just kept coming up with a continuos stream of pop-ups. Luckily I was able to reboot my PC and next time I started up I enabled Norton again and no pop-ups since. The viruses won't affect your iPOD but if you want to scan the iPOD before you transfer to PC then I assume that you would just beable to open up the iPOD in HD mode and right-click on the file and scan it for viruses.

I'm not sure whether this will work, but there is no reason why it shouldn't.
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Audio and video files cannot carry a virus.
ANY FILE can carry a VIRUS. ANY.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:55 PM
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I agree that anything can take a virus with it. Certain websites that deal in images and videos seem to carry viruses more than others.

I do not know how to scan an iPod without risk. I'm sure there's a way.



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