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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, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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