Threat Description



Type:Worm, Email-Worm


Zhelatin.TQ, like its predecessors, is a bot that communicates via Overnet P2P protocol and is mainly used to send spam.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.

Technical Details

Zhelatin.TQ does the following upon initial installation:

  • Disables Windows File Protection
  • Drops its rootkit component%SystemDirectory%\diperto[random]-[random].sys
  • Drops its configuration file%SystemDirectory%\diperto.ini
  • Exits the current process

To enable execution of startup, the loader component will create a Windows service to automatically execute the driver on next reboot resulting in the addition of the following registry keys / sub keys in:

  • HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\diperto[random]-[random]

The malware then tries to communicate with the other peers via the Overnet P2P protocol on how to proceed. It is basically downloading other component/configuration details via the P2P network. The malware has the ability to do the following:

  • Harvest e-mail addresses but avoid those that contain certain strings
  • Download messages to be used in spam
  • Send spam e-mails


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