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just bought used ipod and need to know how to virus scan it without infecting my computer


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#1 westsyde

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:05 PM

I have posted this in the IPod forum already and got some help and and they told me to also post it here. I just bought a ipod nano 2nd genaration, used from a friend and i know it has been hooked up to multiple computers... so because of that i dont want to possibaly infect my computer ( if it is infected) so how can i hook it up to my computer to scan it without it running on my computer, and should i scan it with more than one anti-virus. i also read on another site that anti virus scanners could harm my ipod (i dont no whether it is true)
thank you for your help. it is greatly appriciated
...i also got told to disable autorun for usb/CDs but after googling it i read that i have to edit the Windows Registry...i know nothing about that except for editing the registry can harm your computer severily??

Edited by westsyde, 08 July 2011 - 02:14 PM.


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 04:18 PM

Doesn't the iPod Nano require iTunes like other iPods? I believe it does.

AFAIK, the iPod Nano doesn't show up as a removable drive. So it can't be infected like USB sticks can.

And I've never heard of malware that was designed to spread via iPods.

Edited: I was just thinking, maybe you are asking because your iPod is configured not to use iTunes and to show up as a removable drive?

Edited by Didier Stevens, 09 July 2011 - 04:41 PM.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 09:14 PM

Hello, yes it does require itunes.
im not saying u are wrong about ipods not getting infected but i have read on the internet that ipods can get infected the same as USBs. (which may not be correct)
i dont think the ipod is configured to show up as a removable drive.
im thinking its probably pretty safe than?
thank you for your responce and your time.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 02:34 AM

I've read similar reports, one case were some iPod Videos came infected from the Apple factory, and other case were an iPod got infected when plugged into an infected computer.

But in both cases, those iPods showed up as removable drives. So if your iPod is not configured as a removable drive (configured with iTunes to manage music library manually), you are safe.

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