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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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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