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Virus Profile: Zlatko

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 5/10/2000
Date Added: 5/10/2000
Origin: Europe
Length: N/A
Type: Hoax
Subtype: E-mail
DAT Required: N/A
   
 
   

Virus Characteristics

This is a hoax which has been seen in email messages, originally distributed in German. Below is a copy of the actual text which was passed around:

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Bitte weiterleiten an alle Personen, die Sie kennen und Internet-Zugang haben. Vielleicht erhalten Sie per E-mail einen Bildschirmschoner "ZLATKO" in einer Datei "Zlatko.exe". Auf keinen Fall oeffnen!!!!!!!!!
Sofort loeschen. Wenn Sie diese Datei entpacken, verlieren Sie alle Daten auf Ihrem Computer, die Festplatte wird komplett geloescht und die Person, die Ihnen diese E-mail geschickt hat, erhaelt Zugang zu Ihrem Internet-Namen und dem dazugehoerigen Passwort. Dieser Virus ist seit Sonntag im Umlauf und sehr gefaehrlich.

Mailen Sie an alle Personen aus Ihrem Adressbuch diese Warnung. AOL hat bestaetigt, dass der Virus sehr gefaehrlich ist und dass noch kein Antivirenprogramm existiert, das ihn zerstoeren koennte.

Bitte leiten Sie diese E-mail weiter an Ihre Kollegen, Bekannte und Freunde.
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Zlatko is the name of an actor from a popular reality-soap television show in Germany named "Big-Brother". Below is a translation of the hoax in English:

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Please pass on to all persons who you know and have Internet access. Perhaps you receive a message titled " ZLATKO " by email in a file " Zlatko.exe ". Do not open in any case!!!!!!!!! Delete immediately. If you unpack this file, you will lose all data on the computer, the fixed disk are completely deleted and the person, who sent this email to you, receives access to your Internet name and the pertinent password. This virus is very dangerous for and has been circulated on Sunday.

Send this message to all persons this warning. AOL acknowledged that the virus is very dangerous and that still no anti-virus program exists, which could destroy it. Please continue to direct this email to your colleagues, acquaintance and friends.
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Indication of Infection

Not applicable, delete or ignore message which matches this description.

Methods of Infection

Not applicable, delete or ignore message which matches this description.

Removal Instructions

Users should either ignore or delete messages received matching this description.