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

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

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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.
  • Kamal Dabee

    Thanks for the tip. It worked.

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Thanks for your appreciation, Kamal!! :)

    • marko

      Method 2 works like a charm, thanks a lot.

  • Iwan

    thanks for the resolution. It works.

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Thanks for your appreciation, Iwan!! :)

  • Imran

    Highly appreciate….its really working…..thnxxxx

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Thanks for your appreciation, Imran!! :)

  • John

    Thanks man, more power to you. :)

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Thanks for your motivation, John. :)

  • Chester

    Thanks mate. Totally worked.

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure, Chester and Thanks for your feedback.

  • osama

    boht zabrdst cheez ha mere 1,322 files chalen jateen…..thanks alot

  • DEEPAK

    its not working it showing the same problem

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      It would surely work. Please check if you are following the same method as mentioned in the article.

  • fes

    thanks a lot, just managed to retrieve my lost assignment. tip was helpful

  • Gucci

    Thanks for the useful tip. It worked

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Jeffrey A. Hernandez

    Thank You So Much Sir
    It really works…
    All my important files has been recovered…

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my pleasure Jeffrey and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Raja

    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?

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Follow the methods described in this article. You would successfully recover the files.

  • K Balaraju

    THANKS FOR GIVING VALUABLE SOLUTION FOR MY LOST DATA DUE TO VIRUS

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Virusssssss

    When i press enter it wont work. why? it just leaves a space underneath. :(

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Use Method 2. It would surely work.

  • Abhishek Sisodiya

    What about windows 8? #code not working there

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Use method 2. It would surely work.

  • Arun

    Thank you dude…..

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure Buddy. :)

  • PRAIRNA MALLA

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

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      No, it won’t cause any problem. And Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Nishant Sharma

    Thank you sir.Second way worked out

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • http://www.infocurse.com/ HRITHIK

    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

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure, buddy. And thanks for your feedback. :)

  • HARDIK

    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)….

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Follow the second method, it would absolutely work. Make sure the files are in the pendrive. See the properties of the USB.

  • SASI

    it WORKED WELL THANKS

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • prarthana

    if this works for me them i would surely pray for your good!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      It would surely work. :)

  • ECHO

    THNXXXXXXXXXXXXXX DEAR

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure. :)

  • SOE MYAT

    Thanks a lot !

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Prateek

    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

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. I am glad that I could help you. :)

  • Idid

    But it didn’t work for me..do u have any others idea?

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      It would surely work. Make sure you are following the method correctly.

  • vicky

    thanks for the information…its very useful for me…

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • AKSHAY

    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

  • sUBRATO PAUL

    nice dude

  • sudha

    thanks dude it really working

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure, Sudha and thanks for your feedback. :)

      • SURYA

        Thanks brother.

        • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

          Always my Pleasure, buddy. :)

  • Hisyam Hilmi

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

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      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.

  • FATIN

    you are so genius! thanks a lot! phewww

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure and thanks for your feedback. :)

  • http://www.breadandwood.com Kim

    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

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      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.

  • CHINTU

    awesome trick buddy…..

  • Prajakta

    Hi Ayan,

    Thank you very very much!!!!

    Your 2nd method saved us.

    God bless you.

    Best Regards,
    Prajakta

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Thanks for your appreciation, Prajakta. :)

  • Anoon

    Method 2 just works. Thanks a lot bro!

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my Pleasure, buddy. :)

  • Ariful Islam

    Thanks a lot…it is working fine…

  • Himanshu Saini

    Thanks a lot brother…!!
    It almost saved my life…!! 😛

    • http://www.infocurse.com Ayan

      Always my pleasure, buddy!! :)

  • Hariharan

    THANKS A LOT MAN!!!! 😀

    THIS IS SOME SERIOUS FIX….WORKED GREAT 😀

    THANKS A LOT AGAIN 😀

  • kimmic25

    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 ???