Danger level 6
Type: Malware


If Gelup is hiding on your system, it could be gathering information about you without you ever noticing anything. It looks like the malicious application is similar to our previously researched Trojan called FlowerPippi. Unlike the mentioned threat, this infection seems to be capable of restarting with a system. It means the malware might be able to relaunch itself after each reboot. Naturally, the only way to stop it from running on your computer and collecting data about you is to get rid of it. It might not be an easy task to remove Gelup manually, but if you wish to try it, you should follow our deletion instructions available below. However, if you think the process is a bit too difficult for you, we encourage you not to hesitate to employ a reliable antimalware tool that could erase this Trojan for you. To learn more about it first, you should read the rest of our article.

It is known that Gelup mostly spreads among users from the Philippines, Argentina, and Japan. Nonetheless, it does not mean that people living anywhere else besides the mentioned countries cannot encounter it. The chances are small, but it is still possible. According to our researchers, the malicious application could be distributed via Spam emails or unreliable file-sharing websites. To trick victims into opening their installers, the Trojans creators could disguise the malware’s launcher.

For instance, such files could look like documents, pictures, updates, software installers, and so on. If you often visit untrustworthy web pages or receive email attachments from unknown senders we recommend being extra careful. It is best to download data only from legitimate sites. As for email attachments, we strongly recommend scanning them with a reliable antimalware tool if they come from an unknown sender or raise suspicion.

The research shows that the malicious application settles in the %ALLUSERSPROFILE% directory where it ought to create an executable file with a random name. Also, our researchers say the Trojan might create a Registry entry in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run location. This particular data could help Gelup relaunch itself after each system reboot. Another file suggesting the threat could be on your system would be a file named MSOCache that ought to be in the %APPDATA% directory.

Once this data gets created, the malicious application may start gathering information about the infected computer’s owner. For example, the Trojan could be programmed to record a user’s browsing habits, login credentials, and so on. After the malware gathers some data, it should send it to a remote server from which the hackers behind the malicious application could download it. Moreover, our researchers say the malware could work as a payload download, which might mean it could download and install more threats on the infected computer.

Needless to say, the longer the threat stays on a computer, the more information it could collect and download more threats. Thus, it is best not to take any chances and eliminate Gelup as fast as you can. If you follow the instructions available below this paragraph, you might be able to delete Gelup manually. The task might not be that easy as the file belonging to this malicious application have random names. Therefore, if folders containing them have many other files, it could be challenging to identify them.

Nonetheless, if the process seems too complicated, you can always employ a reliable antimalware tool instead. In which case, all you have to do to remove Gelup is to scan your computer with the chosen security tool and click its displayed deletion button after the scanning is over. Provided you have any questions about this Trojan or need more help with its deletion, feel free to leave us a message at the end of this article.

Erase Gelup

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Find a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Mark it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find these paths:
  8. Find the malicious application’s launcher (suspicious recently downloaded file).
  9. Right-click the installer and press Delete.
  10. Navigate to this location: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%
  11. Locate a randomly named executable file belonging to the Trojan, right-click it, and choose Delete.
  12. Then go to: %APPDATA%
  13. Find a malicious file named MSOCache, right-click it, and choose Delete.
  14. Exit File Explorer.
  15. Press Win+R.
  16. Insert Regedit and select OK.
  17. Find this path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run
  18. Locate a value name belonging to the malware (its value data ought to point to: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\{random}.exe), right-click it, and select Delete.
  19. Close Registry Editor.
  20. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  21. Restart the computer.
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