• File Path: C:\SysinternalsSuite\PsExec64.exe
  • Description: Execute processes remotely


Type Hash
MD5 9321C107D1F7E336CDA550A2BF049108
SHA1 FB0A150601470195C47B4E8D87FCB3F50292BEB2
SHA256 AD6B98C01EE849874E4B4502C3D7853196F6044240D3271E4AB3FC6E3C08E9A4
SHA384 CD963CE07865FBF9B6B2CDA760EB0A55F82F2F07719CC97BC74F71848631A0881409B3663B7AB6C440AA8E5E9C74A2BB
SHA512 5AC1DAC5061DD14C1D79D2910C4DF6ED059059C7D3F987EBE9790626C327D5FA9C7CDBB4150C004D14750223F33B4FC27FA16B3681371D406C2B715BA757BE0E
SSDEEP 6144:o9123sLoT4aK8/A+kVG1FHEpgJEvf6sSMWTk7bjgxdO5mVx:on2ZHk/C6vfdHKO5s
IMP 159D56D406180A332FBC99290F30700E
PESHA1 30C6FD26332C216A6BE902F6399E9AFB2FBC8AF5
PE256 B2692FA4EB9EF82F9F81B0CE59417D90D4E41E9A0F3B4446BB3847B716DCCCBC

Runtime Data

Usage (stdout):

PsExec v2.2 - Execute processes remotely
Copyright (C) 2001-2016 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals -

PsExec executes a program on a remote system, where remotely executed console
applications execute interactively.

Usage: psexec [\\computer[,computer2[,...] | @file]][-u user [-p psswd][-n s][-r servicename][-h][-l][-s|-e][-x][-i [session]][-c [-f|-v]][-w directory][-d][-<priority>][-a n,n,...] cmd [arguments]
     -a         Separate processors on which the application can run with
                commas where 1 is the lowest numbered CPU. For example,
                to run the application on CPU 2 and CPU 4, enter:
                "-a 2,4"
     -c         Copy the specified program to the remote system for
                execution. If you omit this option the application
                must be in the system path on the remote system.
     -d         Don't wait for process to terminate (non-interactive).
     -e         Does not load the specified account's profile.
     -f         Copy the specified program even if the file already
                exists on the remote system.
     -i         Run the program so that it interacts with the desktop of the
                specified session on the remote system. If no session is
                specified the process runs in the console session.
     -h         If the target system is Vista or higher, has the process
                run with the account's elevated token, if available.
     -l         Run process as limited user (strips the Administrators group
                and allows only privileges assigned to the Users group).
                On Windows Vista the process runs with Low Integrity.
     -n         Specifies timeout in seconds connecting to remote computers.
     -p         Specifies optional password for user name. If you omit this
                you will be prompted to enter a hidden password.
     -r         Specifies the name of the remote service to create or interact.
     -s         Run the remote process in the System account.
     -u         Specifies optional user name for login to remote
     -v         Copy the specified file only if it has a higher version number
                or is newer on than the one on the remote system.
     -w         Set the working directory of the process (relative to
                remote computer).
     -x         Display the UI on the Winlogon secure desktop (local system
     -arm       Specifies the remote computer is of ARM architecture.
     -priority	Specifies -low, -belownormal, -abovenormal, -high or
                -realtime to run the process at a different priority. Use
                -background to run at low memory and I/O priority on Vista.
     computer   Direct PsExec to run the application on the remote
                computer or computers specified. If you omit the computer
                name PsExec runs the application on the local system, 
                and if you specify a wildcard (\\*), PsExec runs the
                command on all computers in the current domain.
     @file      PsExec will execute the command on each of the computers listed
                in the file.
     cmd	    Name of application to execute.
     arguments  Arguments to pass (note that file paths must be
                absolute paths on the target system).
     -accepteula This flag suppresses the display of the license dialog.
     -nobanner   Do not display the startup banner and copyright message.

You can enclose applications that have spaces in their name with
quotation marks e.g. psexec \\marklap "c:\long name app.exe".
Input is only passed to the remote system when you press the enter
key, and typing Ctrl-C terminates the remote process.

If you omit a user name the process will run in the context of your
account on the remote system, but will not have access to network
resources (because it is impersonating). Specify a valid user name
in the Domain\User syntax if the remote process requires access
to network resources or to run in a different account. Note that
the password and command is encrypted in transit to the remote system.

Error codes returned by PsExec are specific to the applications you
execute, not PsExec.

Usage (stderr):

Access is denied.

PsExec could not start C:\temp\strontic-xcyclopedia\notepad.exe:

Loaded Modules:



  • Status: Signature verified.
  • Serial: 330000010A2C79AED7797BA6AC00010000010A
  • Thumbprint: 3BDA323E552DB1FDE5F4FBEE75D6D5B2B187EEDC
  • Issuer: CN=Microsoft Code Signing PCA, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
  • Subject: CN=Microsoft Corporation, OU=MOPR, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US

File Metadata

  • Original Filename: psexec.c
  • Product Name: Sysinternals PsExec
  • Company Name: Sysinternals -
  • File Version: 2.2
  • Product Version: 2.2
  • Language: English (United States)
  • Legal Copyright: Copyright (C) 2001-2016 Mark Russinovich
  • Machine Type: 64-bit

File Scan

  • VirusTotal Detections: 2/71
  • VirusTotal Link:

Possible Misuse

The following table contains possible examples of PsExec64.exe being misused. While PsExec64.exe is not inherently malicious, its legitimate functionality can be abused for malicious purposes.

Source Source File Example License
sigma win_renamed_binary.yml - '\psexec64.exe' DRL 1.0
sigma win_renamed_binary_highly_relevant.yml - '*\psexec64.exe' DRL 1.0
sigma win_renamed_psexec.yml - '*\PsExec64.exe' DRL 1.0
signature-base thor_inverse_matches.yar and not filename matches /(psexec.exe|PSEXESVC.EXE|PsExec64.exe)$/is CC BY-NC 4.0

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