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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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