a virus warning from me...

jayakumar jakku at mrna.tn.nic.in
Tue Mar 9 09:39:37 EST 1999


Dear Users
    some of my mails had a Happy99.exe virus attached to it.  I spotted it
in my system yesterday and have exterminated it.  I apologise if anybody got
infected by it.  The virus seemed to have got into my computer on 3/6/99
through a mail from the bionet newsgroup.  This virus is a harmless one and
does not do anything to your system.  All users please check up your win95
systems.
    You need to delete the wsock32.dll file in your windows/system directory
and rename the file wsock32.ska to wsock32.dll.  The virus creates the
wsock32.ska file.  Then delete the file ska.exe from your computer.
Probably it resides in the windows directory.  The Happy99.exe has to be
deleted too from the system.
    To protect your computer from re-infection you need just to set
Read-Only attribute for the WSOCK32.DLL file. The worm does not pay
attention to Read-Only mode, and fails to patch the file. This trick was
discovered by Peter Szor at DataFellows http://www.datafellows.com.
  Sincerely
jayakumar

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R. Jayakumar, CSIR-SRF,
School of Biotechnology,
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Madurai - 625021.
India
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fax: +91-452-859105
email: jakku at mrna.tn.nic.in
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