Zero Bug

Classification

Malware

Virus

W32

Zero Bug, Palette

Summary

The "Zero Bug" will mark infected files in the same way as the Vienna virus, placing 62 in the "seconds" field of the timestamp of the .COM files it infects. Apart from this, the viruses are very dissimilar.

This virus will search for COMMAND.COM, using the value of the COMSPEC environment variable to locate the file. Then it will remain resident, hook INT 60 and infect every .COM file run. After some time has passed, a "smiley" (ASCII 1) will appear on the screen and "eat" any zero it finds on the screen.

The virus seems not too well written - containing some unreachable code, but it is unusual in some ways.

If the virus is active in memory and you look at a directory containing infected files, the virus will make the directory entries appear as they were before the infection. That is, you will not see any increase in file length.

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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