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Windows Bug Bites iPod

A small amount of video iPods have been contaminated by a Windows virus.

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, which brags that hackers rarely succeed in infecting its products, said Wednesday that a small number of video iPods have been contaminated by a Windows virus.

The company said that some video iPods purchased after Sept. 12, 2006, left the factory contaminated with the RavMonE.exe virus, a bug that only infects computers running Windows.

Up-to-date antivirus software, which is included with most Windows computers, should detect and remove it, the company said in a statement on its support Web site.

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"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," the company said.

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Windows operating system is notoriously prone to infection by viruses and other types of "malware," while Apple products are generally regarded as much more secure.

However, at least some of that security is a result of Apple's relatively small market share, which discourages hackers from bothering to attack it.

Shares of Apple, which will report earnings after the bell Wednesday, were trading up 95 cents to $75.24.