How to remove the flash drive shortcut virus?
One of the most infamous virus passing on everywhere is the shortcut virus. It is actually a malware and isn’t cleaned by common antivirus. Usual symptoms of this virus are:
- Some or all real folders will be completely hidden. They won’t be displayed even if you unhide the hidden files from Folder Options.
- Various shortcut folders or files will be visible.
- They may create shortcut with the filenames of disk content.
Steps for extermination:
Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator. For this go to Start/Menu, type “cmd”. The search window will show “Command Prompt”. Right click on it and select “Run as administrator”.
Step 2: Enter this command: attrib –h –r –s /s /d g:\ *.*
Mind the spaces. Here “g:” is supposed to be replaced with the drive letter.
( In the above command, “-h” turns off HIDDEN attribute,”-r” turns off READ ONLY attribute and ”-s” turns off SYSTEM attribute. “/s” switch sets the given attributes on subdirectories found within the specified path.”*.*” selects all the file types)
If you get error “attrib command not recognized”, recheck the command for spell mistakes and spaces.
Step 3: Gently press “Enter”.
Step 4: Voila!! Your drive should now show the hidden contents along with the shortcuts. Delete all the shortcuts one by one. Do not open them.