Threat description




The Zelu trojan is disguised as a 'ChipTec Y2K - Freeware Version' utility. When the trojan is run it scans all directories and corrupts all files it can open for writing.


Automatic action

Depending on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either automatically delete, quarantine or rename the suspect file, or ask you for a desired action.

More scanning & removal options

More information on the scanning and removal options available in your F-Secure product can be found in the Help Center.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

Contact Support

F-Secure customers can request support online via the Request support or the Chat forms on our Home - Global site.

Technical Details

The trojan puts the following messages in the beginning of corrupted files:

@ This file is sick !
@ It was contaminated by the radiation liberated
@ by the explosion of the atomic bomb.

After the trojan finishes 'scanning' the files it outputs:

@ Hello !
@ My name is ZELU.
@ I'm a virus.
@ I detonated the atomic bomb in your hard disk.
@ Good-bye !
Press ENTER to continue . . .

After 'Enter' pressed the trojan passes control to operating system. In some cases an attacked computer is reset. By this time the operating system is not usable and has to be fully reinstalled. All data on the attacked system is lost.

If the trojan is just run, its task can be killed from Windows Task Manager. This will save most of data on a hard disk.

Here's a screenshot of the trojan:

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