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RE: DO NOT RUN HAPPY99.EXE



Hey guys,

This virus/worm is not a big deal.  Its effects and cure are well known:
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/happy99.worm.html

But you don't need virus software to prevent you from being infected.
The rule of thumb is:

Don't click on and run *ANY* email attachment unless you *SPECIFICALLY*
requested it from *SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW*.

At 09:55 3/6/99 -0800, Dan Sinclair, wrote:
>Well, given that it's an EXE file, if executed, it may generate some cute
>little smiley face animation or some other such garbage in the foreground,
>while launching the worm in the background.  He might have just thought the
>animation (or whatever) was funny and sent it along for amusement, not
>realizing it had a malicious side-effect.
>
>Lesson: invest in Virus protection software, and KEEP IT UP TO DATE.
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: John Heath [mailto:JOHNHEATH@worldnet.att.net]
>> Sent: Saturday, March 06, 1999 9:37 AM
>> To: Dan Sinclair; Audi O List
>> Subject: RE: DO NOT RUN HAPPY99.EXE
>>
>>
>> The thing that puzzles me is why would he, apparently deliberately , have
>> sent it to the list?  Does it attach itself automatically to a message
>> header to appear as a bogus e-mail or what.  The thing can, I've heard,
>> wreak havoc on your file system.  No lasting damage but a
>> complete waste of
>> time having to get rid of it.
>>
>> John Heath
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:	owner-quattro@coimbra.ans.net [mailto:owner-quattro@coimbra.ans.net]
>> On Behalf Of Dan Sinclair
>> Sent:	Saturday, March 06, 1999 10:42 AM
>> To:	Audi O List
>> Subject:	RE: DO NOT RUN HAPPY99.EXE
>>
>> FWIW - I have the latest copy of McAfee Virus Scan on my Dell.  It
>> intercepted the <<Happy.exe>> file in my email inbox and destroyed it.  A
>> function of McAfee's new Email Scan system.  Works as advertised!
>>  Seems to
>> be a nice Virus Detection piece for anyone interested, I highly recommend
>> it.
>>
>> Dan Sinclair
>> 1988 Audi 90, 67K mi.
>> Picture and details online at:
>> http://131.107.68.28/a4.org/registry/details.asp?car=761
>>
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: owner-quattro@coimbra.ans.net
>> > [mailto:owner-quattro@coimbra.ans.net]On Behalf Of Orin Eman
>> > Sent: Saturday, March 06, 1999 12:37 AM
>> > To: Quattro List
>> > Subject: DO NOT RUN HAPPY99.EXE
>> >
>> >
>> > Although technically not a virus, the effect is similar...
>> >
>> > As someone else already posted, see
>> >
>> > http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/happy99.worm.html
>> >
>> > for instructions on how to get rid of it.
>> >
>> > I'm just reposting this warning under a new subject just in case...
>> >
>> > Practice safe computing out there!
>> >
>> > Orin.
>> >
>>
>

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