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Short bio

Pioneer.Virus.FileInfector.DDS is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of viruses that infects executable files on an affected computer to download and install additional malware. The detection name is assigned by Malwarebytes’ Katana engine to the Pioneer virus.

The detection names are produced by Malwarebytes 4 and Malwarebytes business products. These generic malware detections are due to our new automated signature system called BytesTotal and specifically the DDS engine that are based on Machine Learning technology with 100% autonomous learning which don’t require any human interaction to correctly identify malware. These techniques are part of Malwarebytes’ Katana engine and were developed for automated mass detection of wide ranges of malware and adware.

Source and type of infection

The Pioneer virus spreads by adding the virus code to other executable files. It searches the active memory and local drives for .exe and .dll files outside of the %windir% directory. It adds the malicious code so it will be executed before the actual code in the executable.


The Malwarebytes’ Katana engine detects unknown threats as Generic.Trojan.Injector.DDS by using generic detections, Machine Learning, and other Artificial Intelligence techniques to protect users from malware that has not yet been classified. Malwarebytes blocks Virus.Pioneer by using real-time protection.

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Malwarebytes blocks Virus.Pioneer

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Pioneer.Virus.FileInfector.DDS 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 Pioneer.Virus.FileInfector.DDS 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


Infected files will be removed, not cleaned. This means that software on the affected system may have to be re-installed, or the system may become inoperable.