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Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Help
Technical name:VBS/Help
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Happy Time,, Happytime.A, VBS/HappyTime.A, VBS/Haptime.A, Happytime, VBS/Haptime@mm, VBS/HappyTime, VBS_HappyTime.A
Effects:  It modifies and deletes files.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:April 26, 2001
Detection updated on:June 25, 2009
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


Help is a worm that spreads through the Outlook Expresse-mail program and computer networks.

It is easy to get infected by this worm, as it activates:

  • Automatically when viewing the e-mail through Outlook’s Preview Pane or when the message is opened.
  • On sharing infected files in local hard disks or those shared in a network.

Help is not a highly dangerous virus, but it does have destructive effects: it modifies and eliminates certain files.

Visible Symptoms 


The only indication that Help has reached your computer is the fact that some files are missing or have been modified for no apparent reason.