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How to fix folders turned into shortcuts

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Abby Haines to File Recovery


Folders turned into shortcuts? Here how to USB CMD to remove the shortcut virus and recover data is written to help. If it cannot help, use EaseUS recovery software to effectively rescue your data from the infected PC, USB pen drive or any other removable drive.

Openning a folder but cannot see any of your files except for a serial of mysterious shortcuts? Just like this:

Folders turned into shortcuts

Actually, it is an issue triggered by a shortcut virus. Such malware can creep into your PC, USB pen drive, memory card or any other removable drive and encrypt your data as shortcuts. 

If you suddenly find your folders turned into shortcuts, please take it easy! It is not horrible. Many users have had a similar experience and finally find a solution to convert shortcut file into original file. Next, we will show you how to make it in simple steps.

Run attrib command from a command prompt 

When you ask for help on how to fix folders changed into shortcuts, many experienced users will mention CMD command prompt as a solution. And at most times, it do work to remove the shortcut virus and recover data. 

1. Plug in the infected device if it is an external hard drive or USB device.

2. Press Windows Key + X button, in the power users menu, select the Command Prompt (Admin) option. 

3. Click Yes when you are presented with a UAC window requesting permission to launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.

4. In the new Command Prompt window, type "attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.*" and hit Enter. Here, replace G with the drive letter of your disk.

Run attrib command to fix folders turned into shortcuts

Perform a data recovery if command prompt cannot help

If you still cannot see your files after trying the attrib command, it suggests that your device is infected with some stubborn shortcut virus and CMD is not powerful enough to deal with it. In this case, we recommend you:

First, find a professional antivirus software to permanently remove the shortcut virus from the infected device.

And then perform a data recovery use EaseUS recovery software - a popular alternative fix when folders turned into shortcuts. 

1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the shortcut virus infected disk and click Scan button.

Recover data when folders turned into shortcuts - choose to scan the selected disk

2. The software will soon start a quick scan to find all the files on the disk. And then a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more data.

Recover data when folders turned into shortcuts - scan the disk

3. After the scan, preview all the recoverable files and choose those you want. Finally, click Recover button to retrieve them back.

Recover data when folders turned into shortcuts