18 Jan 2012

Manually remove the shortcut virus from USB

Hi guys. Sometimes its very irritating when you insert any USB and it shows many shortcuts of My Documents and all the important data and files become invisible. This is due to a shortcut virus. It is usually present in many computers of office, college or cyber cafes. Many of my friends are facing the problems with this virus. So here is a simple trick by which you can remove this virus from your pen drive.
  • Open command prompt. go to start > run > type cmd.
  • Insert your USB flash drive. Assuming it is drive I:
  • In the command prompt window type the following code and hit enter

attrib -h -r -s /s /d I:\*.*


          here replace I: with your drives name.
  • That's it. Now you can see the magic that all your invisible files are back now. 
You have successfully removed the shortcut virus from your pen drive.

Keep Learning. Keep Rocking :P

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

pls as i did it i just saw dis attrib -h -r -s /s /d I:\*.* is not recognised as an internal or external command operable program or batch file..

H4CK3R said...

you either using a restricted account or the system file attributes are changed by that shortcut virus on your PC. Follow these steps:
navigate to the path "C:\Windows\System32" from command prompt and then try the above command to remove virus.

bernard berroya said...

i already tried this attrib -h -r -s /s /d I:\*.*, it takes effect but when i remove my flash drive and insert it again, it all comes back, all the shortcut virus. what kind of virus is this? and do you have any anti-virus specific only for this? i'd be glad if you could point me and to others in the right direction. thanks!!

World War Blogspot said...

After about 8 hours, the virus returned to my usb drive?

Anonymous said...

thanks mate.

the virus on your flash drive returns maybe because your own pc or laptop has the virus. so when you do this tutorial, it will just come back again and again. I suggest you to format your pc and have a strong anti-virus software or scan your whole system

Jhaycie Jaudines said...

Hello. Thank you so much for the info but how will I be sure that my notebook is not compromised? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I tried the command,its showing most of my files but there are some rar files which are still shortcuts.any suggestion how to retrieve them ?

Sanjay Verma said...

use the Command like this
go to start----- run----
type cmd
you will be on dos prompt
type the command
attrib -a -r -s -h *.* /s /d
press enter
you will get all your files in a folder without name, open it cut it and paste
del all other inf file if you find.

thanks
Sanjay Verma (Network Administrator)
LR group of Institutes, solan HP

Anonymous said...

Thank u Brother

Adil Wasim said...

wao, now my usb is showing all data

Thanks

Anonymous said...

use usb exterminator program and follow the suggested command described above. It helped me a lot. Or, download kingsoft 2012 free antivirus, USB antivirus and usb exterminator. they all work hand in hand. install them all plus the attrib -h -s -a -r /s /d g:\*.* command it will solve your problem. the best is to use avast anti-virus!

Anonymous said...

I got a variant from the virus described, I picked up at office Depot and what it does is copy all fo my file to an invisible folder while showing a Shortcut with the name of Removable device, I've removed the troyan, but now all of my documents are on a sub folder named " "

dj kondas said...

great job :)

Anonymous said...

it still doesn't work
after I plugged the flash drive again the shortcut returns ...
I need helppppp

Mezgeen Sisen said...

Thanks alot , really I Tried many ways , but this way is the perfect one.

thank you veryyyyyyy muchhh

Rajni Pathak said...

Its So helpful man,,thanx 4 the post

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sanjay Verma, mine's not working. how do i fix this? Im Sai btw

W1ckeDErza said...

Thanks

Awais Shaikh said...

its working frnd...
Thankx..

Anonymous said...

the shortcut virus just comes back. help me pls

Muhammed Emad said...

its working but there are some pictures in the folder which recovered but the the pictures still not recovered
what should i do ????

Muhammed Emad said...

the attachment's inside the folder in the flash dont open
what should i do ?

kamlesh vadhiya said...

i am facing problem of blue screen its start dumping my physical memory whenever i shutdown my laptop so can u please help me to get out of this???

kamlesh vadhiya said...

i m getting problem of bluescreen please help me to get out of this

Anonymous said...

Thanks it really works

Anonymous said...

it works great!... although i have to be quick in copying the pictures before they turn into shortcuts again...grateful here.

Arif Hussain said...

I have facing same problem... and that command doesn't work

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