PonyFinal Ransomware


PonyFinal is a ransomware infection that launches a stealthy file-encrypting process on the contaminated computer and makes the found files inaccessible. After the encryption process is finished, PonyFinal places a text notification on the screen and requests a ransom payment to decrypt the encrypted files.

PonyFinal Ransomware

The PonyFinal Ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a README_files.txt file when it is done.

Usually, as soon as your computer has been compromised, PonyFinal can start encrypting your information without showing any visible symptoms of the process. The main problem with this ransomware is that its attack can result in a substantial loss of data, particularly if you store files with high importance on the infected computer.

On this page, however, we will talk about the alternative methods that the victims of PonyFinal can use in order to neutralize or at least to minimize the effect of the attack to some extent. That’s why, if you are seeking for other solutions to recover your files and to remove this nasty cryptovirus from your computer, take a look at the removal guide below and the suggested file-recovery options listed there. In the next paragraphs, we will also discuss ways of avoiding future encryption of new or recovered files and methods for system protection and prevention of potential attacks.

The PonyFinal Ransomware

The PonyFinal ransomware is a malicious piece of software that restricts users from access to the digital files they store on their computer. To regain access, the victims of the PonyFinal ransomware  are required to pay a ransom for a file-decryption key.

PonyFinal can encrypt a variety of file types including images, text files, videos, audio files, archives, databases and more and turn them into unreadable bits of information that is kept unavailable or inaccessible until a ransom is paid for its decryption key. Basically, this malware seeks to blackmail the victims to send the hackers some money in order to obtain a decryption key from them. The crooks behind the ransomware typically give an ultimatum to the victims and demand a fixed sum, normally requested in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.

The PonyFinal file recovery

The PonyFinal file recovery is possible if the victims have copies of their encrypted files. Another possible way for the PonyFinal files to be accessed again is through the successful application of a decryption key.

Most users, however, often forget to create copies of their important files as frequently as they should. That’s why threats like PonyFinal may happen to encrypt vital data which the victims have no backups of. In this scenario, the only way to potentially undo the applied encryption is by applying a specially generated decryption key. However, no one can say whether such a key really exists or not.

The criminals behind PonyFinal promise that, once you transfer the ransom amount to their account, they will send you this mysterious key. There is no guarantee that you will actually get anything from them, though. This is why we do not typically advise ransomware victims to transfer money to the hackers, because it can only get worse if they fade away with the money. Instead, our suggestion is to figure out how to remove PonyFinal form your computer (for instructions, see the guide below) so you can later try some of the alternative file-recovery options.


Name PonyFinal
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool [banner_table_recovery]
Detection Tool

Remove PonyFinal Ransomware

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

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Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.

Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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How to Decrypt PonyFinal files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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