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Recover Files Infected by the Shortcut Virus

Updated on Mar 19, 2018 by Abby Haines to File Recovery

Summary

Learn how to recover files infected files due to the shortcut virus from hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, or pen drives by using CMD. It's the preferred choice for users whose files turned into shortcuts all of a sudden. Out of luck? EaseUS data recovery software has one last method you can attempt to fix this situation. However, this way is not 100% useful, for detailed information, please proceed with the article.

Files on flash drive turn into shortcuts. How to open or recover shortcut files?

I have a flash drive and use it to save all of my favorite pictures and some important documents. But, this morning when I connected it to another computer, it was infected by a virus and suddenly all the files turned into shortcuts. This mishap has brought me a lot of stress and trouble. My files, images, and folders on my pen drive now just show up as shortcuts and are not accessible. I am wondering is it possible to recover from these shortcut files from popping up and if there’s a way to retrieve my data? If there’s a possible solution, please let me know how can fix this problem?
 
Ok. Now I’m extremely desperate because I have tried all the suggested methods, by unhiding the files, installing and running software to disable autorun, as well as antimalware. None of them worked! Please let me know if there is an effective way to recover my files that were infected by the shortcut virus. Please help!

 
A shortcut virus infected hard disk, flash drive, or pen drive can definitely create endless troubles. The names of the files might be altered by the virus and become shortcuts. This annoying issue makes it very difficult for one to open or view  their files, even after eradicating the virus. But no worries. It is still possible for you to recover your virus infected files in 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.
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

Or you can try data recovery with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is a professional file recovery software that 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.

Recover files infected by shortcut virus with 3 steps