Question about SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

4 Answers

My all folder in flash d change to be shortcut

Posted by on


4 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 or more questions within one hour.

  • Contributor
  • 36 Answers

Is this the Problem???
Only Shortcuts,,,,,, my all folder in flash d change to be shortcut - _68.gif

Don't format your Flash Drive.
Your data is still there.

Use Shortcut Virus Remover.

  • 100% free
  • Setup file to download 1.1 Mb
  • Installed file 2 Kb
It will recover your all data.


Posted on Dec 07, 2011

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 13 Answers

USB/SD Card files turning into shortcuts and/or disappearing WORM/Lodbak.Gen Virus!
(100% Complete solution including permanently removing the virus)
Lots of people are having the same problem with this virus. It spreads via USB memory sticks or external hard drives and cell device's SD cards converting all the files into shortcuts.
Fortunately the real files are still there, but unable to view/access these.
The problem is fixed in two processes:
Solution A - Retrieving the 'lost files' on USB/external hard drives/SD cards of cell fone:
This temporary solution is good enough to recover the data ONLY.
On Windows:
1. Click on 'Start'
2. Click on 'RUN'
3. Type 'cmd' and press ENTER
4. On the black Window that appears [technically called the Command prompt], write the commands shown below. Replace the letter X with the letter of your infected drive:
[For example, if your affected drive letter is F]
then the command:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d F:\*.*
5. After writing the command hit 'Enter' and wait a few seconds while the changes are made.
6. Go back to the 'File Explorer' and access drive F to see the files are back to normal.
7. In order to secure/recover/retrieve the data, copy and paste the data OFF or from the USB drive to your hard drive.
Solution B - Removing the virus permanently:
To eliminate the threat entirely and deleting the virus as a more permanent solution, there is no need to install any MALWARE softwares if a working and updated antivirus software is active in the computer. A file "WSCRIPT.EXE" in WINDOWS folder is responsible for all the infection caused by the [in my case] "WORM/Lodbak.Gen Virus!". In order to remove the virus from the computer, the wscript.exe file needs to be 'switched off' by taking the following steps:
1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
2. Go to the Processes tab
3. Look for WSCRIPT.EXE that is currently running.
4. End the process.
Now, in order to permanently contain the WSCRIPT.EXE from reactivating again, its OWNERSHIP needs to be changed to deny further access. There seems to be no need to delete the file at this, or any later, stage.
6.Go to Explorer Window, select "Windows" directoy"
7. Search for WSCRIPT.EXE. More than one may be found but changing properties of one will result the same for the other copies.
8. 'Right click' on the wscript.exe file(s) and select "Properties". On the dialog box that appears:
- Pick "Security" and then "Advanced"
- On the new dialogue box, pick "Owner"
- The "Current Owner" is changed to "Trusted Installer" by the virus.
- From the list called "Change Owner to:", select "Administrator".
9. Click OK.
10. As done in Step 7, again, Right click on the virus file:
- Pick "Properties"- and again "Security".
- This time, on the dialog that pops-up, click on "Edit"
11. A new (almost identical) window will pop up.
- Click on "SYSTEM" and deny "Read & Execute" and "Read".
- Repeat the same operation with all the elements of "Group and user Names"
After this is done, the computer will not be able to run this virus executable file.
Now, to take out the threat.
[I am going to refer those antivirus softwares which I used to eliminate the threat]
While still in SAFE MODE:
[Assuming your antivirus is up-to-date]
12. Scan the PARTITION C: completely.
- [I had AVIRA FREE ANTIVIRUS and it took out all the threats]
- The infectious files may include [in my and most of cases] WORM/Lodbak.Gen [worm] which was creating two m*.exe files in the PROGRAM DATA folder.
13. If not during scanning, or prompted for action later, delete all the identified threats.
14. Restart the computer in NORMAL mode.
15. Download and install KASPERSKY TRIAL ANTIVIRUS version.
16. After installation is done. Do NOT restart the system.
17. Uninstall the previous [in my case, AVIRA] antivirus software.
18. Once done, restart the computer.
19. Update the new Kaspersky antivirus database.
20. Scan the computer again for ONE remaining 'malicious' file and disinfect it upon prompt.
CONGRATULATIONS. Your computer is now 100% virus free.
[Additional Note: It took me around 10+ hours to finally resolve the issue. Now, its been more than a day when I finally decided to close this chapter after trying and testing around 9 different USBs. The shortcut issue is not popping up anymore and everything is working fine with USBs and data remained intact, and not disappearing.
The reason I used Kaspersky in the end, its trial version did the job without asking purchasing of complete version. I google and tried many malware softwares but each one failed to remove the virus. They all found something suspicious or threatening but demanded full version through purchasing in order to remove these.
Once the trial period is over, I'll be resorting back to AVIRA which did in fact traced and deleted the virus from the computer in the first place but got itself infected during the process of my search for solution and experimenting. It's 'realtime protection' was disabled and was not being enabled. Other than this, Avira remained an outstanding experience since the last 3 years I've been using it. Somehow this screwup slipped past.
I hope my this experience helps those who are still out there looking for a solution.
Have a nice time hunting the virus, folks.]

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 34 Answers

Yes, obviously your flash drive infected with virus which stop you from accessing the data by turning them into shortcuts. This blog article "how to fix folder become shortcuts" should help you out. Follow the step by step please. Note: do not attempt to format the drive before you try.

Posted on Jun 04, 2011

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 179 Answers

It is because of virus scna the flash drive with nortan or avast antivirus.. and then format the flash drive

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer


Computers often use shortcut links to make it easier for users to locate and open files.
These links are commonly placed in a folder easily accessible to users, such as a desktop folder.
When a shortcut is created, it is given directory information and an icon.
If the file associated with a shortcut is later moved, the shortcut may fail to locate the file.
When this problem occurs, you need to update the shortcut's directory information.
This process is often automated by operating systems, but in a some instances, you need to repair shortcuts manually

Right-click on a broken shortcut link's icon.
Select the "Properties" option. Locate the "Target" box and copy its information into your clipboard using the Ctrl and C keys.
Open the "My Computer" folder on your computer and paste the target information into the folder's address bar using the Ctrl and V keys.
If the address bar is not viewable, you may need to enable it in the folder's settings.
Find address bar options in the "View" menu under "Toolbars."
The file's target path folder will open.

Locate the file in the target path folder.
If the file is not present, the target path is inaccurate and likely the cause of the shortcut link error.
Locate the file in its correct folder.
Browse folders or search for the file by typing the file name into the "Start" menu.
After finding the file, open the properties of the shortcut link icon again.
Copy the file's correct path, from the containing folder's address bar, and paste it in to the "Target" box, replacing the incorrect link.
Another way to find a file's target path is by right clicking on the file and selecting Properties.
You can find accurate target information in the "Target" box, provided the icon is the original file icon and not a shortcut.

Jun 07, 2013 | IwantSoft Free Keylogger

1 Answer

Samsung s2 portable, folders are showed as shortcuts !

OK you harddrive is infected with Malware. This Malware creats shortcuts of each folder and Hide the all those your main folder.
You can scan your Hardrive with fully updated Anti Virus apllication .

To see all your original folder you can enable your Shown hidden File option from your Folder option--View--uncheck show hidden files and folder--and uncheck hide protected operating system files.

Here is the step to unhide your all files and folder in one go.
Step 1:

Click on the below link and download the file "AutorunExterminator"

Extract it --> Double-click on "AutorunExterminator" --> Plug your Hard drive now.

This will remove the autorun.inf files from your flash drive and also from drives.

Step 2:

Click on "Start" -->Run --> type cmd and click on OK.

Here I assume your flash drive letter as G:

Enter this command.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

You can copy the above command --> Right-click in the Command Prompt and

paste it.

Note : Don't forget to replace the letter g with your flash drive letter.

Now press "Enter".

this should solve your problem.

Jul 27, 2012 | Samsung S2 - 1TB USB 2.0 Portable...

1 Answer

All the folders in my samsung i-pod YP-Q1 have become shortcuts that refer to 'uIaU3k3kzmh4Otjy73o.exe' and does not open

Propabely it is a surface disk problem which damaged your files or a virus could do so,try to open the folder by right click and choose open, if it is the same problem then it must be a virus and you have to reformat it, sorry for that . You have to scan your pc also for malware, viruses.

May 17, 2012 | Samsung Yepp YP-Q1 (8 GB) Digital Media...

2 Answers

My memory card is showing shortcuts inside.. all folder changed to shortcuts.. n i m unable to open this.. pls suggest me answer

This is one VIRUS. Please Scan that sandisk with any antivirus. just you can use Kaspersky.
The manual procedure to see all the fiels is:
1. Connect the USB drive
2. go to command prompt. Run-> cmd
3. goto sandisk drive
by default c:\> prompt appears. type the drive letter with colon.
c:\> E: (if E drive assigned to your sandisk)
you can see in mycomputer: drive letter may be e: or f:
4.After getting that drive as prompt. like e:\>
Then type these commands.

attrib -s -r -h *.* /s
attrib -s -r -h desktop.ini /s
attrib -s -r -h autorun.inf /s
del desktop.ini /s
del autorun.inf /s
rd recycled /s
rd recycler /s
rd $recycled /s

5. Then goto My computer. you will find the folders and shortcuts also
please remove the SHOTCUTS only...

This will helps you .,

Jun 17, 2011 | SanDisk 1GB microSD Memory Card

2 Answers

All folders on usb flash memory card changed to be shortcuts , I can't display their contents directly , there is folder called recycler contain an index for the data inside my folders ... i want...

Hello there, sadly you have been attacked by a virus named - RECYCLER. This is a very common virus, I also had an encounter with it recently. What zou are going to do in order to delete is:

1.Look for all folders with shortcut arrow.
2.Right click then properties.
3. in the field TARGET delete everything before path to your usb (before eg. F:/Kobac usb).
4.Save settings. Open folder and copy it to harddrive
5. Do this for all folders.
6. When zou finish coping your data, format your USB.
7. To Format fo to My Computer, right click on USB and format.
8. Copy files from harddrive to your USB back
9. Enjoy!

Good luck, Kobac

May 24, 2011 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I have Sony DSC-T90 camera. I think it's memory card is virus infected. When i attach my camera to computer to download pictures then only shortcuts of the folders are displayed. I can view the...

Have you tried removing the memory card from the camera and inserting it directly into the computer's card reader or any other card reader?

May 20, 2011 | Cameras

2 Answers

4 gb usb creating shortcuts folders

I think you are referring,that there are folders and shortcuts which are not created by you and its generating automatically?
if this so, Its an action of a virus. - Run full system scan using a up-to-date virus scanner.

Mar 04, 2011 | SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB USB 2.0 Flash...

2 Answers

When i click to open any folder in my usb flash drive this message appear. the item(raiiwx.exe) that short cut refers to has been changed or removed. so this shortcut will nolonger work properly

RAIIW.EXE has been seen to perform the following behavior:

  • This process creates other processes on disk
  • Injects code into other processes

RAIIW.EXE has been the subject of the following behavior:

  • Added as a Registry auto start to load Program on Boot up
  • Executed as a Process
  • Registered as a Dynamic Link Library File
  • Created as a process on disk
In short that exe you are stating is a virus or malware, I suggest scanning your system thoroughly and reformatting your flash drive.

Oct 20, 2010 | Computers & Internet

7 Answers

Removal of shortcut virus in pen drive

Is this the Problem???
Only Shortcuts,,,,,, _68.gif

Don't format your Flash Drive.
Your data is still there.

Use Shortcut Virus Remover.
  • 100% free
  • Setup file to download 1.1 Mb
  • Installed file 2 Kb
It will recover your all data.


Sep 03, 2010 | Online Computers & Internet

Not finding what you are looking for?
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Logo

790 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top SanDisk Electronics - Others Experts


Level 3 Expert

7993 Answers


Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Are you a SanDisk Electronics - Other Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides