Sunday, December 30, 2012

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.
Virus Image

Shortcut virus problem in Removable disk like Pendrive or External hard disk is most commonvirus 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. Noshortcuts anymore.
Shortcut Virus Image

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 otherexternal Hard Disks.


  1. There are many PC users having no antivirus installed in their PC’s. If you have no antivirus in your PC and your PC got infected with virus, don’t panic you can also remove virus from your PC manually.

    Remove Virus Without Antivirus

  2. Apart from the methods you can also see your files without doing any changes by inserting your usb pen drive into the linux server like ubuntu. It will shows all the hidden files in your pendrive.