McAfee Releases Free iPod Malware Removal Tool

Oct 18th, 2006 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

McAfee, a maker of computer anti-virus products, today announced it has released a new version of McAfee Stinger that targets two Windows-based threats that are still being identified on video iPod and MP3 devices.

McAfee Stinger is a free standalone utility tool that can detect and remove specific viruses, including the W32/RJump.worm, also named RJump.worm and the W32/QQPass.worm, also named QQPass.worm.

The W32/RJump.worm, which was discovered June 20, 2006, recently reappeared on video iPod devices released by Apple late September.

W32/RJump.worm uses the Python scripting language and is converted into a Windows portable executable file. It attempts to spread by copying itself to mapped and removable storage drives and also opens a backdoor on an infected system.

“While the QQPass.worm and the RJump.worm have both been around for a while, they are still making their way into the hands of consumers through MP3 players and video iPod devices that were initially infected with the virus,” said Joe Telafici, director of operations, McAfee Avert Labs. “Today’s multi-function devices, like MP3 players, cell phones and digital cameras, with their much larger storage systems, and consumers’ tendency to plug them into multiple computers, can be a vector for slow-spreading threats like QQPass and RJump. With McAfee Stinger, consumers can scan for and remove these threats — safely eliminating them from their systems and devices.”

McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system.

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