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Doc Smiley's Cure for the Happy99
First Aid for the Computer Illiterate
(last updated on May 24, 1999 - 7:15 AM Eastern)
| It came in your
email. It was called Happy99 and it was sent by a friend.
So you ran the program and saw the neat fireworks display. Cool!
Little did you know that your computer had just been infected by a virus.
You only found out when someone thanked you for the fireworks program that
you sent them. But you didn't send it to them!
That's when you knew that something strange was going on.
You caught the Happy99.exe virus (also known as a worm or trojan). It is propagated by attaching itself to newsgroup and e-mail messages. You cannot get infected with this virus just by reading a newsgroup or e-mail message. You have to execute the attachment (i.e., run the program). Almost always, the person who sends it does not know that they are sending it out. This virus does not affect DOS, Windows 3.x, S/2, Linux or WebTV (so far). If you are aware of a version that does affect these systems, Please let me know. I have had a few people with Windows NT and one with Mac who told me they were infected. I will provide information about the virus and these systems in the near future.
If you did not run the program, you can just delete the message containing the virus (or the downloaded virus) and move on. If you have already run Happy99.exe, to get rid of it, print out this page and follow the instructions. I have tried to make them as simple as possible so that even if you are computer illiterate, you can safely clean your system of the virus. Not all of these steps are necessary for everyone. But rather than developing different procedures for people with different degrees of infection, I have written these steps so that they will work for almost everyone. Occasionally someone has a problem, but in most cases, that is because the individual has made a spelling error or otherwise not followed the procedure exactly. So, please follow these steps carefully and in order. Some of the steps are optional and are so indicated.
First, however, a word from our sponsors.
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This is where it gets good.
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Failure to follow instructions EXACTLY
2) If you have not already
done so, delete the
3) Make SURE all internet
4) Once it has restarted,
you should see
5) Type in CD
SYSTEM and press "enter".
6) Type in ATTRIB
-H WSOCK32.DLL and press
7) Type in ATTRIB
-R WSOCK32.DLL and press
8) Type in COPY
9) If asked if you want to
*** If you get a message indicating
10) Type DEL
SKA.DLL, press "enter". If you
11) Type DEL
SKA.EXE, press "enter". If you
If you have followed
13) Type in EXIT and press "enter".
Once you have returned to Windows, you might want to find the file "liste.ska" using the "find files" function on the start button. If you have not actually sent the virus to anyone, you won't find this file. You can open this file by double-clicking and selecting "notepad" when asked which program to use to open it. Inside of the file is a list of people to whom you have emailed the virus. You should contact them and let them know about the virus. You might want to tell them about this website so that they can get rid of it. After this, you can delete the file.
That should take care of the Happy99 virus. HOWEVER - unless you are running antivirus software with an updated data or definition file, you could easily catch this virus again or another one. If you already have the software, you should update your data or definition files at least monthly. If you do not have antivirus software, you can follow one of the links on this page to obtain more information about several programs available from Beyond.com.
McAfee Anti-virus for Beginners
ONE LAST THING!
Below is a web-based search engine which will allow you
to find more information on this virus, other viruses, antivirus protection,
or any other topic. If you found the information on this page useful,
I would appreciate it if you would use this search engine. You see,
I get paid $.02 for each person who uses it. It may not sound like
much, but I am getting thousands of hits each day. It doesn't cost
you anything but a moment of your time. The information I am providing
is free, but by using the search engine, you will help reimburse me for
my time in maintaining the page and responding to questions. Please
don't feel obligated to use it, but I will be very grateful if you choose
to help me out.
If you have any problems, feel free to email me (and don't forget the free software!). Before emailing me, though, be sure you have followed all of the steps, spelling everything carefully.
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