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How to Remove Shortcut Virus on Windows?


Connect the affected USB drive to your computer. When the files on your USB drive have been changed to shortcuts, your files are actually still there in a hidden location. This process will restore the files so that you can see them again.
  • Do not run any of the shortcuts on the USB drive, or you risk spreading the infection.


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Determine the drive letter of the USB drive. You'll need to know the drive letter for the USB drive or memory card that has been affected by the virus. The quickest way to find this is to open the "Computer"/"This PC" window. The drive letter for the USB drive will be listed next to the drive label.
  • Press Win+E to open the window on any version of Windows.
  • Click the Folder button in your taskbar to open the window.
  • Click "Computer" in the Start menu if you're using Windows 7 or Vista.
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Open the Command Prompt. You'll be performing the fix using a few quick Command Prompt commands. The process for opening the Command Prompt varies depending on the version of Windows you are using:
  • Any version - Press Win+R and type "cmd" to launch the Command Prompt.
  • Windows 8 and newer - Right-click the Windows button and select "Command Prompt."
  • Windows 7 and older - Open the Start menu and select "Command Prompt."


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Type .attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*and press? Enter. Replace Xwith your USB drive's letter. For example, if your USB drive's letter is E, typeattrib -h -r -s /s /d E:\*.* and press ? Enter.[1]
  • This will unhide the files, remove any read-only attributes, and remove the shortcuts.
  • The process may take a while to complete, depending on how much data is on the USB drive.
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Open the unnamed folder created on your USB drive. This folder will contain all of the data that was previously hidden by the infection.

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  • It may take a while to copy large amounts of data.
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Right-click on your drive in "Computer"/"This PC" and select "Format." This will open the Format window.
  • The formatting process will completely erase the drive, so make sure that you've copied your data off of it first.
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Uncheck "Quick Format" and click "Start." Unchecking "Quick Format" will scan for and remove the infection on the USB drive. The format process will likely take a while to complete. 26319209-bxzhjmonsmllydp0qa2riq2g-2-44.jpg

Oct 20, 2016 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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ALL FOLDERS ON MY USB HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO SHORT CUTS


This is usually a signal that a virus is at work. Check that your computer has been checked and is clear. Then check your thumb drives-all of them including your external hard drives.

Apr 15, 2013 | Dane-Elec DaneElec 4GB USB Drive Red Hard...

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I have S2 portable 640gb external hard drive. Do not open the main folder with info and gives me only shortcuts and no way to my folders


Do you think my problem is a cable wear or the device itself
and how can get access to my data

can anyone hepl me
please

May 05, 2012 | Samsung S2 Portable 640 GB USB 30 External...

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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

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I HAD Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive ON M PC AND I CONECT WESTERN DIGITAL MY PASSPORT AND RUN THE AUTO FROM THIS SOMETHING LIKE WD SMART.... AND NOW MY Western Digital My...


Your WD HDD have been attacted by viruses for your computer or outside computer where you used it last. Make sure that you have an up to date antivirus software, scan your computer or the external hard drive, explore your computer, go to tools - folder options under view files & folders select show hidden files and folders apply and ok it.

May 18, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB...

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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...

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MY SYSTEM MAKES SHORTCUTS OF ALL THE FOLDERS ON MY USB DRIVE !


this is a most common problem and don't worry.mainly it is due to the virus or trojan attacks such as horse trojan.so you should format your computer or scan with an antivirus.i prefer avast 5.1.it will block all type of threats.

Oct 01, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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My usb drive is showing shortcuts inside


it means that you didnt copy the file. you just copy the shortcut icon.
try to right click the file and click send to and select your Sandisk or you can drag your file to sandisk folder
hope this help

Sep 08, 2010 | SanDisk 2GB Cruzer Micro SDCZ62048A10 Hard...

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Creating shortcuts of folders in my pen drive and I am not able to delete them as the shortcuts are again coming after deleting


If you are using windows 7 or vista.....just insert your usb drive in your computer then there will appear "SCAN AND FIX" window.

Now click on scan and fix.....

your shortcut error will remove from your usb drive.......

Aug 10, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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