You said the following:
The executable is surely not encrypted and that's what I'm talking about, not the payload. Never use an executable when you can avoid it.
And I'm saying the whole enchilada is in fact encrypted. There is no way you can decrypt it.. The file is encrypted and so is the file name using AES 256.
I chose the 7Zip SFX archive since I know it would be a real bugger to try and crack/bruteforce, etc.
Why shouldn't I use an executable? I don't see why I shouldn't. No one is cracking what's in it except maybe the NSA or NASA's super computers.
That hex view means nothing. It doesn't provide its contents.
44 69 64 20 49 20 70 75 74 20 61 20 68 65 78 20 6f 6e 20 79 6f 75 3f