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Risk Level 1: Very Low

November 9, 2012
June 27, 2013 2:05:19 PM
Infection Length:
1,234 bytes
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Downloader.Ponik is a Trojan horse that downloads more malware onto the compromised computer. It may also steal passwords from the compromised computer.

For more information, please see the following resource:
Chicken or Egg: Where Does W32.Changeup Come From?

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version November 9, 2012 revision 007
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 3, 2015 revision 016
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 9, 2012 revision 009
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 3, 2015 revision 004
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 14, 2012
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Threat Assessment


  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy


  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Payload: Downloads more malware.
  • Releases Confidential Info: Steals passwords.


  • Distribution Level: Low
Note: On May 14, 2015, modifications will be made to the threat write-ups to streamline the content. The Threat Assessment section will no longer be published as this section is no longer relevant to today's threat landscape. The Risk Level will continue to be the main threat risk assessment indicator.
Writeup By: Alan Neville and Kevin Savage

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