Recover Files Infected by the Shortcut Virus

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.

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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. 

Video tutorial to recover shortcut files.

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 hidden files by using CMD by following these steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + R and type: cmd. Click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator"

Step 2. Type: attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit Enter. 

Finish all these steps and you can check your files 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

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Hover on the hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive, or memory card on which you want to show hidden files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait until the scan process completes. After then, you can look for the hidden files in the scan results by going to the original path from the left-side tree-view pane, or use the "Filter" feature quickly display only one category, like Pictures, Word, Excel, Videos and so on.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. You can choose to preview the found files before doing a final recovery. If you have no problem with the preview result, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files. By doing so, you can make the hidden files show up again.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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