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About the Happy99.exe virus



A type of computer virus has been spreading around the net over the past couple of months called Happy99.exe. This program does not do any malicious damage to your computer, but instead attaches copies of itself to any messages you send through email or newsgroup postings, thus spreading the "infection" to other computers.



If you happen to run this program all you will see is a small fireworks display on your screen, but at the same time changes are being made to your computer's software to cause the effect above. If you receive an email attachment called Happy99.exe do not run it. It should be noted that it is a good idea not to run any sort of program attached to an email message unless you absolutely trust the message's sender.



Further details about the history of this virus and its effects is available at MSNBC's site. If you think that you are infected see the SKA Virus site for detection and removal instructions.



For more information on virus updates and anti-virus software, visit our Virus Information section.


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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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