Recover Files Infected by the Shortcut Virus

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. Users whose files turned into shortcuts all of a sudden can try CMD and EaseUS data recovery software as the last method to fix this situation. However, this way is not 100% useful, for detailed information, please proceed with the article.

Abby Haines Updated on Nov 14, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

How to open or recover shortcut files on USB flash drive

"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 if it's possible to recover from these shortcut files from popping up and any method to retrieve my data. If there’s a possible solution, please let me know.
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."

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 people 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

You can try data recovery with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, 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.

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