Updated: 07/12/2017 by Computer Hope

Obfuscation is code or instructions that has been purposely complicated to help conceal what the code performs. A programmer may do this to help prevent the program from being modified, stolen, or prevent a program from reading the code and understanding its true, malicious, intentions. For example, obfuscation is used with URLs to conceal the real address a user is directed to when clicking on a link from an e-mail message or web page. In some instances, obfuscated code is used in contests as brain teasers.

Below is an example of an obfuscated batch file that prints "GOD BLESS YOU!" that was taken from the Computer Hope forum.

@echo off
%1 %0 :: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
set A=%5&set B=%6&set C=%8&set D=%3
for %%? in (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) do shift
set A=%C%%7%A%&set C=%D%%4%B%&set D=%7
for %%? in (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) do shift
echo %A% %C%%2%2 %8%D%%4!

Obviously, the above code would difficult for most people to understand and without proper understanding and analysis.

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