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Remove Pony virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2018 update

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Pony | Type: Trojans

Pony virus – a dangerous malware that can harvest personal data

Pony virus

Pony virus is a trojan that infiltrates computers using deceptive techniques, such as fake Adobe Flash updates,[1] The HoeflerText Font Wasn't Found scam, spam emails, or as a drive-by download.[2] As soon as the user initiates the code, it loads Pony Loader into Windows, which is the main executable of malware (it is automatically terminated after the execution). The malicious application has one goal – to steal sensitive information and send it to hacker's hands. While losing personal data to cybercrooks is quite devastating, dealing with additional malware downloaded by Pony virus can be frustrating, to say the least.

Name Pony virus
Type Trojan
Main functionality Steals personal data and sends it to hackers
Main dangers Money loss and additional malware infections
Symptoms Rarely any, although users might experience system or software crashes
Distribution Fake Adobe Flash updates, spam emails, The HoeflerText Font Wasn't Found scam, etc.
Elimination Use anti-spyware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes

Pony virus was designed in order to steal personal passwords that are saved on more than a hundred apps and social media, games, banking and other accounts. As soon as the data is harvested, it is sent to Command & Control Server – a remote server that is only accessible to the attackers. This is precisely how ransomware infection behaves when it tries to send the generated key to criminals.

Similarly to ransomware, Pony virus has only one goal – to retrieve money from unsuspecting victims illegally. For example, stolen banking credentials can be used to access users' money directly. Additionally, any other personal data (such as name, address, email, Social Security number, driver's license number, etc.) can be sold on the Dark Web or used for identity theft. As you can see, the consequences can be catastrophic. To prevent malware from causing more harm, you should remove Pony virus ASAP.

Another terrifying trait of Pony virus is that it is connected to a botnet[3] which can make the targeted computer into malicious malware spreading tool. For example, the infamous Rustock botnet was capable of sending out 192 phishing emails per compromised PC per minute. And of course, the more people click on the contaminated attachment, the more infected machines distribute malware automatically.

Furthermore, Pony virus serves as a backdoor to other malware. It is not uncommon for trojans to distribute ransomware. For example, one of the most prominent botnets – Necrus – is delivering such treats as Locky or GlobeImposter. These malicious applications are capable of completely locking up personal files and demanding a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin or another crypto.

Pony malwarePony virus is a trojan horse that is capable of operating a botnet and multiplying fast

Pony virus is also capable stealing of digital wallets that contain cryptocurrency. According to reports,[4] the malware targets different currencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and others. Victims are known to suffer more than $220,000 in damages caused by Pony trojan.

If you suspect that you could be infected with the malware (for example, you recently opened a suspicious attachment in the spam email), make sure you scan your computer using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, Malwarebytes or other reliable anti-malware software. This action will guarantee a prompt Pony virus removal.

Ways trojans can enter machines

Trojans can be attached to almost anything: free games, illegal programs, malicious browser plug-ins, and other questionable software. Such programs are a perfect distribution mechanism for viruses, so there is no surprise that hackers are usually using them for spreading their threats around.

How could you avoid malware? First of all, make sure you don't download any executables (they might be disguised under different extensions, such as .pdf, .html, .scr, etc.) from spam emails. Clicking links inside questionable messages would result in the infection as well. Therefore, make sure the email you are viewing is legitimate and comes from the person it is supposed to be.

When downloading and installing programs, it is advised to do a small research about them and check how your desired program is reviewed online. You should look for comments and similar reviews that could let you know about the trustworthiness of the application. Also, make sure you avoid fraudulent websites that might be filled with misleading/illegal/malicious content.

For users who are using digital currencies, security experts[5] strongly advice to store them in safe and encrypted e-wallets. In this case, the best solution would be choosing an offline storing device that guarantees better protection.

Finally, install powerful anti-spyware that is capable of preventing infiltration of such threats like this one. If you think that the virus has already infiltrated your computer and now is trying to steal your money, you should follow the guidelines below and check the system for this virus.

Ways to remove Pony virus

Pony virus removal should be your top priority, as it can cause more damage as the time goes on (e.g., additional malware infiltration). Therefore, download and install reputable security software an perform a full system scan. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes, as these security applications are capable of detecting malware and eliminating all its tracers on the computer.

Security experts do not recommend trying to remove Pony virus manually. Such action can lead to severe damage to system files and will ultimately fail to get rid of the malicious application entirely. Only trained IT professionals are capable of such action.

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To remove Pony virus, follow these steps:

Remove Pony using Safe Mode with Networking

To disable the Pony virus safely, enter Safe Mode with networking:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Pony

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Pony removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Pony using System Restore

You can also use System Restore for malware elimination:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Pony. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that Pony removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Pony and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Doc says:
    May 9th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I downloaded a video capture program called: SRecorder. Malware program on my computer indicates Spyware.pony malware has infected the SRecorder.exe program.

    Please be aware. Have tried to contact SRecorder producer and send the info with it. Anyone else have this issue with SRecorder downloads and installs ???

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