Recover Files Infected by the Shortcut Virus

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If your files turn into shortcuts all of a sudden and you can't open them, you can try CMD and EaseUS data recovery software to recover shortcut files from hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, or pen drives.

How to open or recover shortcut files on USB flash drive

"I have a USB flash drive and use it to save all of my favorite pictures and important documents. But, this morning when I connected it to a computer, it was infected by a virus, and suddenly all the files turned into shortcuts. My files, images, and folders on my pen drive were not accessible. I am wondering if it's possible to recover shortcut files and how to open shortcut files in pen drive?

A shortcut virus is a kind of Trojan/worm combination that hides the files and folders on the USB pen drive, external hard drives, and SD memory cards. And then the shortcut virus will replace them all with shortcuts with the same names. If you connect an infected USB drive to your computer, the virus will transfer to your computer and affect the files on your PC.

This annoying issue makes it difficult for people to open or view files. But no worries. It is possible for you to recover virus-infected files and retrieve shortcut files from pen drive or other USB flash drives with the following two ways. 

Solution 1. Recover Shortcut Files Using CMD

If the flash drive is not formatted, the shortcut files should be stored in the hardware under a hidden mode. You can recover them by using CMD by following these steps:

1. Press Windows + R and type: cmd. Click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator"
2. Type: chkdsk E: /f and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your device where you lost or deleted files.)
3. Type: Y and hit Enter.
4. Type: E: again and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your pen drive letter where you lost or deleted files.)
5. Type: attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit Enter. 

Finish all these steps and you can check your files in on the pen drive. If you can't find the files you want, you can try another solution: recover shortcut files with EaseUS data recovery software.

Solution 2. Recover Shortcut Files with EaseUS Data Recovery Software

If the CMD can't unhide the files and recover shortcut files, don't give up, you can use EaseUS hard drive data recovery software. This powerful data recovery tool can help you recover files infected by shortcut virus from hard drives and multiple storage devices, such as USB flash drives, memory cards, pen drives, external hard drives, etc.

Apart from the virus attack recovery, EaseUS data recovery program also does very well in recovering deleted files from USB flash drive or pen drive.

Recover files infected by shortcut virus with 3 steps

Step 1. Connect the USB drive and start scanning.

Connect the USB drive, like an external hard drive and USB flash drive, to the computer. Then launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the USB drive from which you want to recover the hidden files, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the hidden files.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the hidden files you want to recover from the USB drive. To check the file, double-click it to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover the hidden files from the USB drive.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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