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Ok folks- I hate those chain mails about some bullshit virus alert but
this is for REAL-
I got an e-mail with an attachment that was named "Happy99.exe"- when
you open it you see a fireworks display- well, someone wrote me right
after (on a mailing list) and said it was a virus so I searched the
internet and found out is a real virus! The following link will tell you
Do not restart your computer until you have removed all the virus files
if you received Happy99.exe in an e-mail and opened it and saw the
If you have the file but have not opened it just delete it.
Most of the virus files are in C:\Windows\System
There is also a key in the directory that needs to be removed.
If you have Win 98 you can re-install your Winsock32.dll file which is
modified by the virus.
Contact me if you need any help-
I hope you are all well-
If you have any questions or need help you can call me-
Here is the info on the virus:
Win32/Ska.A is a Win32-based e-mail and
newsgroup worm. It displays fireworks when
executed first time as Happy99.exe. (Normally this
file arrives as an e-mail attachment to a particular
PC, or it is downloaded from a newsgroup.)
When executed first time, it creates SKA.EXE and
SKA.DLL in the system directory. SKA.EXE is a
copy of HAPPY99.EXE. SKA.DLL is packed inside
SKA.EXE. After this Ska creates a copy of
WSOCK32.DLL as WSOCK32.SKA in the system
directory. Then it tries to patch WSOCK32.DLL so
that its export entries for two functions will point
new routines (to the worm's own functions) inside
the patched WSOCK32.DLL. If WSOCK32.DLL is
in use, Ska.A modifies the registry's RunOnce
entry to execute SKA.EXE during next boot-up.
(When executed as SKA.EXE it does not display
the firework, just tries to patch WSCOK32.DLL
until it is not used.)
"Connect" and "Send" exports are patched in
WSOCK32.DLL. Thus the worm is able to see if
the local user has any activity on network. When
"Connect" or "Send" APIs are called, Ska loads its
SKA.DLL containing two exports: "news" and
Then it spams itself to the same newsgroups or
same e-mail addresses where the user was
posting or mailing to. It maps SKA.EXE to memory
and converts it to uuencoded format and mails an
additional e-mail or newsgroup post with the same
header information as the original message but
containing no text but just an attachment called
Therefore Happy99 is not limited like the
Win32/Parvo virus which is unable to use a
particular news server when the user does not
have access to it. The worm also maintains a list
of addresses it has posted a copy of itself. This is
stored in a file called LISTE.SKA. (The number of
entries are limited in this file.)
The worm contains the following encrytped text
which is not displayed:
Is it a virus, a worm, a trojan?
MOUT-MOUT Hybrid (c) Spanska 1999.
The mail header of the manipulated mails will
contain a new field called "X-Spanska: YES".
Normally this header field is not visible to
receivers of the message.
Since the worm does not check WSOCK32.DLL's
attribute, it can not patch it if it is set to read