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Recover Files Infected by Shortcut Virus

Nov 29, 2017 / Updated by Abby Haines to File Recovery


Learn how to recover files infected by shortcut virus from hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, pen drives using CMD. It's the preferred choice for users whose files turned to shortcuts all of a sudden. Out of luck? EaseUS data recovery software could be the last attempt. Only note that this way is not 100% useful, for detailed information, please proceed with the article.

Files on flash drive changed to shortcuts, how to open or recover shortcut files?

I have a flash drive and used it to save my favorite pictures and some important documents. But in this morning when I connected it to another computer, it was affected by a virus and turned to shortcut. This accident brings me many troubles. My files, images, folders in the pen drive are just shown as shortcuts and not inaccessible. I was wondering is it possible to recover those shortcut files? If it is possible, how can I do it? 

Now I am extremely desperate because I have tried all the method suggested, by unhiding the files, install and run software to disable autorun, as well as antimalware. None of them works. If you know some effective way to recover files infected by shortcut virus, please help! 

A shortcut virus infected hard disk, flash drive, pen drive can definitely create endless troubles. The names of the files might be altered by the virus and become shortcuts. In this condition, it becomes difficult for you to open or view those files even after eradicating the virus. But no worries. It is possible for you to recover virus infected files in two ways.  

Solution 1. Recover shortcut files using CMD

If the flash drive is not formatted, the shortcut files must have been stored in the hardware in hidden mode. You can recover them using CMD by following these steps:

  1. 1. Go to Start -> Run -> cmd.
  2. 2. Go to your pen drive, memory cards or mobile phone directory.
  3. 3. Type del *.lnk (to delete all link files in the directory)
  4. 4. Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:*.*
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  6. 5. Replace G with your drive letter.
  7. 6. And then press a gentle Enter.

Finish all these steps 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. 

For a detailed guide, please refer to how to recover hidden files from virus infected pen drive. Just three simple steps the recovery process requires.

Recover files infected by shortcut virus with 3 steps