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How to recover files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive

How to recover files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive: Many a times, people complain about the below problems-

“The folders in my pen drive are changed to shortcut files.”

“I cannot access data files in USB Pen drive and hard drives”

“The used space in my USB Pen drive is full but I cannot access the files.”

Many people suffer from these problems and thus result in losing the essential data files. Sometimes, it may happen that you have saved some important data in your pen drive but they are not accessible!! as you see some shortcuts with same file name. Till the time you try to figure it out, the original data is gone. You know your device is infected by virus but cannot do anything and thus format the USB Pen drive. This results in losing the important data. So, in this article I will teach you how to recover files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive.

Methods to recover files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive/hard drives:

Method 1:

  • Press Windows + R button. This will open RUN window.
  • Type cmd and press ENTER.
  • The Command Prompt window will appear on your screen.
  • Turn your Caps lock ON.
  • Type the following command in the Command Prompt window:- ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D G:/ 

NOTE: G:/ is the drive letter of your Pen drive. If you USB has another drive letter then replace G:/ with that drive letter.

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  • Press ENTER.
  • You are done!! Check your USB Pen drive. You have recovered files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive.
  • Copy all the files to your hard drives and format the pen drive. The virus will be removed after formatting.

Method 2:

  • Open MY COMPUTER. Go to TOOLS at the top as shown in the below picture. Select FOLDER OPTIONS.

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  • A new window will pop up on your screen. Go to VIEW tab.

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  • Choose the option ”Show Hidden files and folders” and uncheck the boxes before ”Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”.

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  • Now open your pen drive. All your data will be visible.
  • You are done!! you have recovered files infected by Shortcut virus from USB Pen drive but for this method you need to keep these settings intake as the files has become operating system files.
Ayan
Ayanhttp://infocurse.com
Ayan Das is one of the owner and creative head of Infocurse.com . He is a part time writer, keen blogger and an occasional website designer. He is pursuing engineering in electronics and communication from GGSIPU University. He is a tech lover and always fond of learning new things.
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75 COMMENTS

  1. I put some files in my destop.bt that files infected by shortcut virus.hw can i recover my data? Thats are imptnt files.do u knw any solutions?

  2. THANX FOR UR HELP, AFTER FOLLOWING METHOD 1 BOTH MY FOLDERS AND SHORTCUTS WERE THERE.WILL IT CAUSE ANY PROBLEM TO MY COMPUTER

  3. thanks a lot buddy! i was worried a lot from many days

    i tried every computer shop but no one could help it !!!

    at last i tried your trick and it worked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanxx a lot ARYAN vey much

    i found my very precious data

  4. DUDE ,
    AFTER THE COMMAND IS EXECUTED
    I AM RECIEVING A MESSAGE
    “ACCESS DENIED-H:\AUTORUN.INF”
    WHAT TO DO KNOW? (THE SECOND METHOD IS ALSO NOT WORKING)….

  5. Had a pre wedding shoot in my pd and it just created the shortcut due to virus.. but using the first method i got everything back… man u saved my life

    Thanks a ton

  6. thanx bru thanx a (lot)*100 ; i hv suffered from this problem in the past also nd always formatted the pd thinking only a tech could recover such things but this time i googled the problem and it was so easy thnx a lot
    i also hv a ques :- since now my pc is likely to be infected by this shortcut virus ,will it also infect all my files if i connect my hard disk and if so how shud i get rid of it

  7. yo man,i follow your last step and it works, but now it became hidden file and i cant unhidden it. please help me

    • These files have become protected operating system files. So, it will be default hidden. If you want to unhide it, then try removing the virus by a good antivirus or by using shortcut virus remover tool.

  8. Hi Ayan,

    I appreciate your website with all the free information! Thank you.

    Unfortunately, none of the above methods have worked to restore my files on my C Drive. They are all still shortcut files and I can’t open any of them. I have tried all the methods, most of them several times, and nothing has worked so far. Do you have any other suggestions? I noticed that all the icons on my desktop have also been wiped off, if that helps the diagnosis.

    Thanks so much!

    -Kim

    • The second method would surely work. I do not know why isn’t it working. Please make sure that the files are in your C drive and you haven’t deleted it.

  9. Hi i have a pendrive its not showing on my computer i was thinking id change the letter of the name . So maybe it would show and i could see the files it contains a virus if i do this after can j use cmd and restore my files back ? Just in case it wownt work method 1 nothing would be lost right from my files ???

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