I downloaded a .wmv file (supposedly the new movie War Dogs) from thepiratebay.org, and when I tried to play it using VLC, a dialog box popped up, indicating some error. Information about this error kept on being written to this box so VLC was looping and I quit it by right-click -> quit.
The readme file associated with the .wmv file said to use windows media player, but here is where I got suspicious and shift+del both the readme file and the .wmv file. After some searching, I came across the following reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/4g3b8f/psa_codecfixexe_virus_appearing_in_certain_video/
This led to me to these two stackexchange posts: 1. Can a rogue .wmv file "hijack" Windows Media Player? 2. Is VLC on Linux vulnerable to an attack from .wmv files designed to install viruses?
Based on the reddit post and the readme file, I'm pretty sure that I downloaded the same malicious file as the guy from the first stackexchange post. So my question is: Is my computer infected?
Based on the second stackexchange post, the answer appears to be no, but that question was about VLC on Linux, while I am on Windows 7. My computer has been behaving completely normally, but I don't have an antivirus installed. However, I did do a quick scan using the Microsoft's August 2016 malicious software removal tool, and it couldn't find any infected files. Anyways, I'm still a bit worried so can anybody confirm that this virus doesn't work with VLC?
By the way, when I went back to the pirate bay to check out this torrent, it was gone, but now, there's another War Dogs torrent that has about 17000 seeders and 800 leechers; I suspect it's the same malicious file: hxxxs://thepiratebay.org/torrent/15555357/War_Dogs_2016_720p_BrRip_x264_-_SPARKS