This Downloader.Ponik!gen5 comes to my computer somehow, I have no clue on how to get this thing removed. I’m not very computer savvy so I think I can trust some reputable anti-virus programs to remove it. However, I have tried several kinds of the removal tools, none of them can get the job done. Now I feel really anxious about the condition of my computer. I just want to keep my computer clean. What should I do?

Brief Introduction to This Trojan

Downloader.Ponik!gen5 is a sophisticated Trojan malware that can invade your computer through hacked web pages and spam emails in order to perform malicious activities on your machine without your permission or consent. Usually cyber criminals may send you malicious codes as a file in an email, hoping that you open the attachment and then execute the malware by running the .exe file to install it. If you have ever downloaded and opened the file in such spam emails, then it should be one of the reasons you require this type of infection. Also this Trojan could be bundled with freeware like music programs or flash player programs, so when you are trying to download those freebies, you may get your computer infected at the same time.

Some of Trojan viruses won’t show you any obvious symptoms, but this Downloader.Ponik!gen5 does the contrary thing because it can perform a lot of harmful actions on your computer system. To be more specific, it can modify certain important system files and registry entries to slow down your computer and make it operate weird. And when you open your browser, you may find that your homepage and default search engine get changed to shady webpage you don’t want at all. Usually unknown toolbar or extension can be added on your web browser as well which you are not able to uninstall. In addition, this Trojan can disable system function unexpectedly so you may come across numerous troubles when you perform a simply task on your computer. When you open a program, it may keep saying “not responding” or close its window automatically, preventing you from using the software you wish properly.

Furthermore, if your system is seriously damaged by this virus, you’ll also experience blue screen of death, system crash or failure problem. Downloader.Ponik!gen5 will also help generate lots of disturbing advertisements or pop-up alerts covering the whole PC screen. Its role is to lure you into clicking those pop-ups and then it can easily install additional software or viruses on your computer. Stay away from these annoying pop-up window, and you need to remove this Trojan virus as quickly as possible because it owns all the Trojan capabilities that allow remote hackers to trace your web browser record and further steal your personal confidential information like credit card number and all kinds of passwords of your accounts.

Some Traits about This Trojan

-Can slow down the performance of the computer, or even blue screen.
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.
-Your sensitive information can be stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of this Trojan.
-Cay give you many redirects all the time no matter what you are doing.
-May pretend as an anti-virus program and cheat you that computer is in dangerous, and ask you to pay to remove the threats.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this Downloader.Ponik!gen5 for you.

Manual Removal Guide of Trojan (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Trojan provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this Trojan, the name of the process of it is random.

XP task manager

Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


Step 3: Try to find the files which relate to this Trojan, and delete them all.

Step 4: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel


Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs


Then try to find the program which relates to this Trojan, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.


Step 5: Click on Start button or press Win+R, then type regedit in the box to open Registry Editor, after that, try to find
C:\Users\profile name here\AppData\

Similar video guide to modify Windows registry:


Downloader.Ponik!gen5 is a kind of Trojan infection which can harm the target computers from many aspects. This pest will also download malicious files and unwanted programs in the background, without your knowledge and consent. Those downloaded things take up lots of system resources so they cause slow PC performance all the time. With such things, the security level of the infected machine can be weakened which can be infected by more other kinds of computer threats.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of Downloader.Ponik!gen5? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on September 29, 2014 5:21 am

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