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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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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