I just read this on the newsgroup, alt.satellite.gps. You can take it for what its worth. Maybe true, maybe not.
"It has come to our attention that a small, isolated number of TomTom GO
910's, produced between September and November 2006, may be infected with
a virus. The virus is qualified as low risk and can be removed safely with
virus scanning software. Appropriate actions have been taken to make sure
this is prevented from happening again in the future.
It has been confirmed that a small number of TomTom GO 910 devices,
produced between September and November 2006, and shipped with software
version 6.51, may be infected with a virus.
The viruses that were detected present an extremely low risk to customers'
computers or the TomTom GO 910. To date, no cases of problems caused by
the viruses are known.
How to detect the virus
In the isolated cases that a virus was detected, it was found when the
TomTom GO 910 was connected to the computer and for example a back-up of
the content on the device was being made.
What to do when a virus is found
TomTom highly recommends that all TomTom GO 910 customers update their
virus scanning software, and if a virus is detected, allow the virus
scanning software to remove the 'host.exe' file, 'copy.exe' file or any
The above identified files or any variants can safely be removed from the
device with virus scanning software, and are NOT to be removed manually,
as they are not part of the standard installed software on a TomTom GO
910. They present no danger whilst driving with the TomTom GO 910.
Hmmmm makes me wonder if TomTom has medicalmedical insuranceinsurance?. Perhaps you could say TomTom has takes a turn for worse?
Would that be a redundant virusvirus?
Looks like the virus hits a computer by using Windows autorun feature. Once the device is connected Windows scans the media for a file called autorun.inf. Garmin uses this file to display the Nüvi icon in Windows explorer for example.
Does anyone out there know what operating system the Garmin units use?
TomToms run a Windows CE environment in the background, that's probably why they had a virus. Good ole MS...
 see note below on TomTom / Linux
Exactly what I was thinking. I figure the Garmin is running a kernel hacked version of Linux, but I am not sure.
Actually, I think the TomTom 910 runs a Linux OS. I have a TomTom 510 that's very similar.
Here's a link to the info on TomTom's site:
With a TomTom it'll require a double dose of whatever to cure it. On a serious note with something as important as a gps there's something to be said for proprietary operating systems. Windoze CE is subject to virus just like Windoze. Windows, Mac and to a lesser degree Linux have many virus writers out there. I believe that TomTom is Linux based. Windows is prevalent so more time is spent trying to destroy it. Such is life.
There is only 2 known virus affecting Windows mobile and one of them is not even a virus, just a proving ground type. Microsoft may not be angel but just do not assume everything bad belongs to MS.
Glad I took my 910 back to the store today, before I backed anything up!!! I traded it in for the Garmin C550... seemed just a better option for me...
By all means, much better!
the virus is not a virus it is files that sends info to tomtom for info on your map request that you use most. anyway that is what a tomtom tech told me on the phone when my bitdefender antivirus went crazy. I let bitdefender kill the files and tomtom said it would not hurt anything. who knows this may just be a cover up.
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