This is a multipartite virus which infects MBRs on hard drives and COM and EXE files when they are executed. Occasionally the virus tries to play something (probably laughter) from the PC speaker. Yesmile is a stealth virus, so you can't see it in files or boot sectors when it is resident in memory.
There are several variants of this virus. The 5504 variant was distributed in a dropper called LAUGH.EXE in usenet newsgroups in January 1996. Do note that F-Secure anti-virus products do not specifically detect the LAUGH.EXE dropper: you will have to delete it manually.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
Detailed instructions for F-Secure security products are available in the documentation found in the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.
You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for further assistance.
Description Details: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure