ExeMSNBC News Article
" HAPPY99.EXE STARTED MAKING its way around the Internet about
Jan. 20, sending hundreds of copies of itself via e-mail attachments
and newsgroup postings. According to Helsinki, Finland, data security
firm Data Fellows Inc., the worm does not attempt to destroy files
on infected machines, but it sends e-mails and newsgroup postings
without the victims knowledge and could cause network slowdowns
or even crash corporate e-mail servers.
The worm, so designated because it can replicate on its own, arrives
as an e-mail or newsgroup attachment and infects only users who run
Once they do, all victims see is a window with a fireworks display.
But behind the scenes, the worm alters the host computers winsock32.dll
file, the computers doorway to the Internet. Then, each time
a user initiates e-mail or newsgroup activity, by either receiving
or sending e-mail or posting to a newsgroup, Happy99 spams the newsgroup
or e-mail recipient with copies of itself. Any type of activity on
port 25 or 119 will trigger Spam activity, according to Takata, senior
software support engineer of Data Fellows."
is a hoax. A version of the file is posted above.
A version of the file is posted above. If you receive it somewhere
else, you may have infected your computer with the virus. If you would
like to run the one above, it is virus free, guaranteed. The virus
does exist, but you have to download it and then activate the file.
You cannot catch it by opening your e-mail.
As most of the professionals will tell you, do not download anything
unless you have a anti-virus program running, and more importantly,
know who you are down loading a file from...that is the most important.
I personally do not download any program, no matter what the promise,
unless I personally verify where the program came from
to my relatives, such as my brother or a good friend. I will download
from a reputable company...jokes, gifts, promises, and before I pass
them on, I run them again through our four anti-virus programs that
we keep up-dated often. I am scared to death of viruses. We have had
them in our systems, on our laptops, and from disks purchased at a
retail store (several years ago, not recently ). Also remember the
old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is not
true. Trust no one on the internet...not even you wife, as she may
not have know who she downloaded the program from. Sorry, if this
offends anyone...trust no one, not your wife, not your brother, not
your sister, unless you know where the program came from
always have a virus program running.
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