After posting my previous message, I decided to see if I could find any information on the Internet about the happy99.exe virus. There was information there! So I was able to learn something about this virus>that had disabled my email system for me. Here are the web sites which I found:
1.) * Happy99.exe Worm Virus doesn't make for Happy Computing http://www.e-musicbox.com/happy99virus.htm
2.) * Free Internet Tips! -- The Happy99 Virus/Worm http://www.freeinternettips.com/archives/happy99.html
But it was the web site of our Internet service provider which helped me figure out how to remove the Happy99.exe virus/worm. I don't know if this web site is available to everyone, but I will give it here anyway:
3.) * Removing the Happy99 Internet Worm http://home.runestone.net/info/happy99.htm
I had to go through the process twice before I was able to really begin to understand what I was supposed to do. I was really pleased when I was able to do this by myself - considering that my computer skills are pretty limited.
I was finally able to send and receive email!!! There were 14 letters awaiting me. One letter was a little irate sounding because this person was the only person whose letter from me had been infected with the Happy99.exe virus/worm. So I quickly dashed off a letter of apology to this person.
The second letter was a letter of apology *to me* for having unknowingly sent what she called the PrettyPark.exe virus - the same picture appeared when the attachment was clicked - just a different name. So this time I had to apologize to her for having mentioned her by name in my previous post. She explained that her email address had changed - which explained why I had questioned her intentions. Yes, Ingrid will be having her address added to Dr. Wiseman's mailing list too.
If Richard had not mentioned the Happy99.exe virus at the Forum, I would never have been able to access or send mail today - and would probably have lost sleep thinking I had really wrecked our computer. I really appreciated your help, Richard!
-- The 15th century proverb which summarizes the purpose of medicine is: * To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always. *