Ron, and everybody else,

If you received the file in the body of an email message as gibberish,
you're safe.  If you received "happy.exe" as an attachment and did not open
it, you are also safe.  If you opened it and saw the fireworks display,
it's time to disinfect your hard drive.  (It could be time, anyway, as this
falls under the heading of maintenance.)

Because this gibberish thing happens with listservs, we ask that you do not
send attachments to the list--even on purpose.  Instead, copy the text, and
paste it into a message to the list, or offer to send your file off list.

By the way, the gibberish is caused by the sender's (or our gateway's)
software converting attachments using a different method that your email
software uses (and some use more than one).  The most popular conversions
are MIME, BIN-HEX, and UUE.  There are tools to convert the gibberish back
into usable files.  If people are interested in more information on this
topic, let me know ([log in to unmask]) and I'll send appropriate URLs.


At 12:06 PM 8/27/99 -0400, you wrote:
>---------------------- Information from the mail header
>Sender:       American Memory Fellows <[log in to unmask]>
>Poster:       Ron Stoloff <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      Re: happy.exe virus here
>At 06:07 PM 8/26/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>>It looks like the happy virus was unintentionally spread to members of this
>>listerv.  It was a forgiveable mistake.  Here is where you will find
>>information to check if you caught it, and to get rid of it if you did.
>>First, if you get it, it will come as an email attachment with the
>>filename:  "happy99.exe" or "ska.exe" and potentially a few other
>>Information is available here (and probably other places):
>>As usual, don't open email attachments from people who you don't know or
>>don't trust.  With this one, you will get one legitimate message from
>>someone followed by a second with the same subject.  The second message
>>contains the happy.exe file as an attachment.  Don't run this file.
>>Fireworks will display on your screen and then you will find yourself
>>As with any virus, if you become infected and don't know what to do next,
>>leave your computer on, do nothing else and contact your local automation
>>expert right away.
>I 'got' the message but it was not an attachment, it was inside the message
>and was gibberish.
>I saw the title 'happy.exe' but it couldn't run.
>I use Eurora Light 3.0
>Thanks for the warning....
>Ron Stoloff
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