The shortcut virus which is found in a flash drive makes 1 KB shortcuts of your original files and hides them in these shortcuts. For ordinary, less tech savvy people the most frustrating aspect of this virus is the inability to figure out where the problem exists: the PC or the flash drive.
Cause of this virus and what it does
An infected PC may have infected the flash drive which brought it to your computer, or the problem might have initiated from your own PC which means that both your flash drive and PC are at risk.
Trojans either run a script or corrupt the attributes of files in an existing program script, thereby hiding files and making shortcuts of them. Opening the shortcut does enable one to view the files, but the virus is also executed to affect your entire computer. Since these are Trojan caused infections, sometimes an antivirus may not be able to remove the problem.
A quick solution is to enable viewing hidden files and folders from the “View” tab in the “Files and Folder Options.” These options can be accessed by clicking on the organize tab in a window browser near the top left. Even though enabling this option does allow you to view your files, the unfriendly scripts are yet to be removed.
Removing the Shortcut Virus Permanently
In order to get rid of the problem immediately, what needs to be done is that the attributes of the harmful scripts have to be changed. Keeping your flash drive plugged into the computer, simply go to “Start” menu and search for “cmd”. Once it appears in the list of programs, right-click and choose “Run as Administrator”. This opens the Command Prompt.
Now you must know the corresponding letter that represents the removable drive i.e. your flash drive such as “d”, “g” or “j” etc. In case you don’t, just open My Computer and look at it. Then follow these three easy steps.
- Navigate to your flash drive by inputting the drive letter followed by a colon such as “j:”
- Then type “del*.lnk” and hit the return (or enter) key
- In the next line type in “attrib –s –r –h *.* /s /d /l”. Once done, proofread it and press enter
Now when you close the command prompt window and open the flash drive, all your files would be back to normal. This became possible because using command prompt you were able to change the attributes of your files to the same state as before the virus attack.
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