Part of the Personal computing glossary:

Happy Hour Virus is a website with several display options that imitate a malfunctioning computer. As the name implies, the software is designed to allow the user to leave work early.

To access the web app, the user goes to the Happy Hour Virus website and selects from among kernel panic, broken monitor and blue screen of death (BSOD) displays. When an option is clicked, automatically goes to a full screen display to convincingly imitate the chosen computer problem. The fake virus doesn't actually do any harm to the computer. To "fix" the problem, the user simply clicks the escape (Esc) key, which returns them to the regular website display. 

The site lists three easy steps: 

  1. Tell your friends you're leaving work early. (The site links to Twitter and Facebook to facilitate notification.)
  2. Select a screen mode to "break" your computer.
  3. Make frustrated sigh. Leave building. 

The website was developed as a recruitment ad for TDA®_Boulder, a Colorado-based advertising agency. A link at the bottom of the Happy Hour Virus web page leads to the firm's resume submission page.

The Rock Station demonstrates Happy Hour Virus:

This was last updated in November 2013
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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