Speaking of ugly things that happen to PCs, there's a real virus to avoid. No, it's not the Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe or the Good Times hoax-it's the picture.exe virus. There are at least two versions circulating right now, as well as a similar virus called soft.exe. If you open the file, it expands into two files, note.exe and manager.exe. They map your hard drive for every e-mail address on your system, search your Internet cache, and ferret out America Online login information and password. Then it launches dial-up networking on reboot and tries to send the information to an e-mail address in China. Good Times it isn't, so users, beware.
In happier news, Apple has a spring in its step again, thanks to a steady stream of great products and $123 million in quarterly profits. Intel wowed investors, and Yahoo! reported $25 million in fourth quarter earnings and announced a two-for-one stock split.