How to remove Shortcut Virus from External Hard Disk or Pendrive

When you connect any Pendrive or Flash Drive or External Hard Disk to your PC, Sometimes you will see all files and folder have changed to shortcuts like below image, and also My Documents, My Pictures and My Videos folders are in there. When you try to open them (double click) nothing happen. It was a virus attack for External Hard disk or Pendrive. Everybody call it Shortcut Virus.

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Shortcut virus problem in Removable disk like Pendrive or External hard disk  is most common virus of the computer and users are hanged because to find the solution to clear the shortcut virus.

Now I found a solution. A secure data recovery method. I could recover all my data back. No shortcuts anymore.

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Steps to Remove Shortcut Virus from Pendrive or External Hard disk

1. Go to Start –>Programs –>Accessories –>Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.


2. Go to Run->cmd and hit enter.

Type the following command.

attrib –h –r –s /s /d f:\*.* and hit enter.

[Note: f indicates the Removable disk path name]

Wait for meanwhile the windows path is again coming.

Then again open your Removable disks like External Hard disk or Pendrive. Your shortcut virus folders are retrived to the original folder. Select all the shortcut folders and delete. Now your problem gets solved.

This solution is for removes the virus from the pen drive, USB drives, Memory cards and other external Hard Disks.

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