Short bio

Spyware.Pony is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) application that may run in the background and silently collect information about the system, connected users, and network activity.

This spyware may attempt to steal stored credentials, usernames, passwords, and other personal and confidential information. This information may be transmitted to a destination specified by the author. Spyware.Pony may allow an attacker to install additional software to the infected machine, or may direct the infected machine to participate in a malicious botnet for the purposes of sending spam or other malicious activities.


Spyware.Pony may run silently in the background and may not provide any indication of infection to the user. It may also disable antivirus programs and other Microsoft Windows security features.

Type and source of infection

Spyware.Pony may be distributed using various methods. This spyware may be packaged with free online software, or it could be disguised as a harmless program and distributed by email. Alternatively, this software may be installed by websites using software vulnerabilities. Infections that occur in this manner are usually silent and happen without user knowledge or consent.


Malwarebytes protects users from the installation of Spyware.Pony using its real-time protection technology.

Malwarebytes detects and removes Spyware.Pony

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove many Spyware.Pony infections without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Business remediation

How to remove Spyware.Pony with the Malwarebytes Nebula console

You can use the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Nebula console to scan endpoints.

endpoint menu Nebula endpoint tasks menu

Choose the Scan + Quarantine option. Afterwards you can check the Detections page to see which threats were found.

Nebula detections

On the Quarantine page you can see which threats were quarantined and restore them if necessary.

Nebula Quarantaine

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:



-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/23/18
Scan Time: 12:19 AM
Log File: 2d342f5f-2e62-11e8-b5ae-00ffc8517b86.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.322
Update Package Version: 1.0.4454
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: DE-WIN7\Fwiplayer

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 297712
Threats Detected: 6
Threats Quarantined: 0

(No malicious items detected)

Time Elapsed: 2 min, 54 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-

Process: 1
Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS\FWIPLAYER\DESKTOP\PONY 1.9\BUILDER\PONYBUILDER.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4454

Module: 1
Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS\FWIPLAYER\DESKTOP\PONY 1.9\BUILDER\PONYBUILDER.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4454

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 4
Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS\FWIPLAYER\DESKTOP\PONY 1.9\BUILDER\PONYBUILDER.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4454
Spyware.Pony, C:\USERS\FWIPLAYER\DESKTOP\PONY.EXE, No Action By User, [61], [334048],1.0.4454

Physical Sector: 0

(No malicious items detected)



Associated files:

  • PonyBuilder.exe
  • Pony.exe

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