Can an iPod catch a virus from a PC?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by miraishak, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. miraishak macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2010
    if there is a virus by any chance on my PC and i connect the ipod to transfer music on it. can the ipod catch the virus?

    what is i connect the ipod, and disconnect it before it even configures itself on the PC. is there a chance in this case that it caches the virus?
  2. Ghostbusters macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    At the moment there is no known virus for the iOS operating system.
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Short answer, no.

    Enjoy your iPod and don't worry :)
  4. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    No, but it's possible that if you transfer songs from an infected PC to the iPod, and to an uninfected PC, that the uninfected PC would catch the virus.
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Not if you're using iTunes and a song that actually plays in it. Theoretically you can put a virus in the form of an MP3, but if you try to listen you're not gonna hear any music :p.

    I'd wager most people do listen before loading any "outside" downloads ;) just because you need to make sure you downloaded what you were looking for.
  6. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Not possible, as no virus can run on both operating systems.
  8. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    I think there is some sort of Malware which makes the Touch get really hot and lose battery quicker, no?
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Absolutely not. Where do these bogus stories come from?
  10. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Apple once shipped some Video iPods with a virus in the "use as a disk" section of the storage:

    The iPod Touch could carry the virus, if a file you downloaded had it, but there's no way for it to spread in the file system, it would just stay in that one file. Only if you were to pull it out using the built-in iTunes file share and put it in your hard drive would it be an issue.
  11. RjFnC macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    You do not have to put an infected file on an iPod for a virus to get on it. Just plugging any USB device with storage space can get a virus and then when the device is plugged into an uninfected computer the virus will spread on to that computer even if it is and iOS device. The virus will sit there and do nothing because it doesn't know or understand the OS it is on but once it sees the Windows file system it will run.
  12. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado

    I played Angry Birds (on iPod) a LOT last month for 2 days in a row. The following day, I called in sick to work.


    They come from Google and Samsung shills. They are paid to spread negative FUD about Apple (the one company they wish would die).
  13. carter2 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    It is not impossible, but highly unlikely. Just because it has a hard drive does not necessarily mean that it can pick up a virus automatically though. Only Apple makes the software and hardware (no third parties) and the only recognized file formats are media files. Nothing is virus proof, but Apple products are not affected by PC viruses since they use different file types.
  14. Gaelic2 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    Mountains of N. California
  15. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    I'm sure it's 99.99% virus free! :D (We must worry about the tiny 0.01%)
  16. Androidfan1x macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    No the ipod touch cannot get a virus from a PC unless you crack open it and put the virus inside

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