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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 the attachment.
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
this applies 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
and always have a virus
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