As we all know, USB flash is prone to being virus-infected. One of the most common viruses on USB flash drive is shortcut virus. This article will focus on such a virus to teach you how to get rid of it effectively.
As its name suggested, the shortcut virus will turn something into shortcuts and even create many unknown shortcuts. In general, on a USB flash drive, the most common scenario is that all the files on USB flash drive will disappear and then creates a shortcut.exe file of the drive. In this case, you may mistakenly think that your files have been corrupt or lost, such as word document corruption or PST damage, etc. But actually, these files are simply put into hidden status. So you can just follow the 4 steps below to destroy the shortcut virus permanently.
Step 1: Scan the USB Flash Drive via Antivirus Software
When your USB flash drive is suffering the shortcut virus, if you insert it to your PC and try to access the files on this drive without the protection from antivirus software, your computer data will suffer too. Hence, you should immediately run antivirus software to scan the file as soon as you plug in the USB flash drive. Also, most antivirus program is powerful enough to kill such a virus.
Step 2: Get Back the Original Files on the USB Flash Drive
Next, you need to proceed to remove the virus and restore your original files onto the USB flash drive in command prompt.
- Firstly, type “cmd” in the search box of “Start Menu”.
- Then right click on “cmd” program and choose “Run as administrator”.
- Next in the popup command prompt window, type the flash drive letter, such as “E:” and hit “Enter”.
- Subsequently, in the new line, type “del *.lnk” and hit “Enter”.
- After that, in the next new line, type “attrib -h -r -s /s driveletter:\*.*”, such as “attrib -h -r -s /s E:\*.*”.
- Finally you can reopen the USB flash drive. It is very likely that your files will come back.
Step 3: Back Up the Retrieved Files to Other Devices
Now that the files have been restored, you have to back up them at once in case of any accidents in the future. You can select to copy them to your computer, or any other external data storage devices as per your actual needs and preference.
Step 4: Reformat the Infected USB Flash Drive
In order to ensure that your USB flash drive is back to its best health status, you had better continue to reformat the drive. You can use the same way in Step 2 to access Command Prompt. Then press “format /q /x driveletter:”, such as “format /q /x E:”. Lastly click “Enter” key button to start the formatting.
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