Threat description




Bacros.A is a virus that infects local filesystem files by renaming all text files (.txt) as exe. It can also copy itself in floppies and CD-roms. The virus also drops and executes a Word Macro virus W97M/Bacros.A.


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Technical Details

The binary virus is written in Borland Deplhi and its body size is 356352 bytes.

Both the binary and the macro parts are designed to work together but they can replicate independently.

Typical symptom for end users is that they find some of their images being replaced with a pictures that says "KUOLE JEHOVA".

It was found in the wild in the beginning of September 2004.

Installation to system

If run without arguments, for example double-clicking it, it installs itself to system. First it makes three copies of itself in Windows system directory:


Then it adds the following keys in registry:

"MSSys" = "%WinSysDir%\mssys.exe -d"
"MSDosdrv" = "%WinSysDir%\msdosdrv.exe -t"

With these registry keys, the virus is activated in the next boot. The program behaves differently depending on the argument (-d or -t).

It also tries to display a text file with the name of the binary (for example, if the binary name is "tiedotteet.exe", text file it tries to display is "tiedotteet.txt"). If the text file doesn't exist, the binary displays a text file that contains the filename of the virus repeated several times.

Writing the Word document

When run via the registry with argument -t (MSDosdrv), the program drops a Word document infeted with W97M/Bacros.A virus in two places: to user's personal documents folder and in %SystemRoot% folder with the name "WordInfo.doc". It also tries to disable the MS Office macro virus protection in the registry.

Spreading in Word document

When run via the registry with argument -d (MSSys), the program check the date of the system. If the day of the month is 10th, 20th or 30th, the virus tries to open the infected with W97M/Bacros.A file:


This macro virus replicated during opening and closing document. It resides in a macro called 'NewBacros' and uses Organizer Copy method to replicate. It infects Notmal.Dot and also creates a copy of itself in Normal.Doc in MS Word's template folder.

If the day of the month is 6th it types a text:

I, Madman

and changes the application user name to:


In an attempt to spread the binary part with itself to flopies, W97M/Bacros.A tries to copy the binary virus from 'C:\Windows\System\sys.exe' to the root of A: drive as ReadMy.exe. It does this when the macro virus is executed from a A: drive.

Spreading in CD-roms

If the day of the month is any other day, it tries to copy itself on CD-rom drive with the name "ReadMy.exe". It also writes an Autorun.inf file on CD-rom for automatic execution of the file. The program checks for the drive id (CDROM) so it won't work with other removable devices, for example USB-sticks. The CD-rom writing works only if the machine has packet-writing capabilites, for example Nero InCD.

Renaming text files

If the day of the month is 2nd, the virus scans through all local disk drives and makes a copy of itself with the name of every text file (.txt) it founds.

The icon of these EXE files looks like the default icon of a TXT file:

Replacing picture files

If the day of the month is 1st, the virus scans through all local disk drives and replaces all gif-files it finds with a copy of a small gif-file showing the text "Kuole Jehova". This is finnish and means "Die Jehovah".

Changing the background picture

If the date is 6th of December (Finland's independence day), the virus sets a small Finland flag as a background picture of the system.

Deleting files

If the date is 25th of December (1st christmas day), the virus deletes all files on all local hard drives.


Detection for the binary part of this malware was published on September 6th, 2004 in the following F-Secure Anti-Virus updates:

Detection Type: PC

Database: 2004-09-06_01

FSAV detects the macro virus part of this malware with previous update using the heuristics. Exact detection of W97M/Bacros.A was added in update:

Detection Type: PC

Database: 2004-10-13_03

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