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How to Remove Shortcut Virus from PC/Laptop in Windows 10/8/7?

Updated on Mar 09, 2018 by Tracy King to File Recovery


If your computer, hard drive partition or USB drive have been infected by shortcut virus and everything becomes shortcuts, and they are unable to work anymore. Don’t worry and follow these reliable methods here to remove shortcut virus on Windows 10/8/7 PC and laptops without losing your data right now.

Shortcut virus usually has two forms: Flash Drive Shortcut virus and Folder Shortcut virus. Both viruses would make USB drive or file folders become shortcuts, causing USB or file folder inaccessible with shortcut formats. 
Given this, users would often suffer serious data loss trouble and even huge economic loss. So what to do and how to fix the shortcut virus? Follow these methods below to find answers here now.

What to do when the computer, laptop, USB or SD get infected by shortcut virus?

Hi guys, are you looking for a way to remove and clean up shortcut virus from your computer, laptop, hard drive partition, USB drive or SD card etc devices?
Don't know what to do with the shortcut virus? Here below are some tips for you to follow and get your devices ready to remove shortcut virus:

  1. 1. Install anti-virus software on your PC;
  2. 2. Disconnect internetwork with your computer;
  3. 3. Find reliable data recovery software in case of data loss trouble (if necessary).

How to remove shortcut virus from PC/laptop on Windows 10/8/7?
3 Methods available to help!

Here are 3 methods for you to remove shortcut virus on Windows 10/8/7 PC or USB etc storage devices:

1. Remove and Delete Shortcut Virus by CMD;
2. Remove and Cleanup Shortcut Virus with Anti-virus Software;
3. Delete/Wipe Shortcut Virus from Registry.

You may selectively choose to follow either one method to get rid of the shortcut virus and restore all data now.

Method 1. Clean up and remove Shortcut Virus by CMD

Warning: Please be careful while using CMD command line to resolve your current issue. Improper use of CMD may cause serious results.
  1. 1. Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
    Sign in with your Administrator account and password if the system asks.
    2. Type: D: and hit Enter. (Replace D: with the drive letter of device where the virus files exist.)
    3. Type: attrib and hit Enter.
    4. Type: attrib -r -a -s -h *.* and hit Enter.
    5. Type: del autorun.inf and hit Enter. 
    If you are infected by other viruses, replace autorun.inf with other virus extenstion such as *.ink or *.exe so to respectively delete those suspicious files.

You'll be able to see your files and data on Windows PC or USB flash drive now.

Method 2. Cleanup Shortcut Virus with Shortcut Virus Remover or Anti-virus Software

If you need a double guarantee, you can download and install anti-virus software to clean up all shortcut virus from Windows 10/8/7 computer and USB etc external storage devices. Here below you'll see a list of anti-virus software and tools that you can selectively choose one to try:

  • Trojan Removal Tool;
  • Shortcut virus fixfolder;
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, etc.

Method 3. Delete/Wipe Shortcut Virus from Registry

  1. 1. Press Win+R and type: regedit to enter the registry;
  2. 2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Click on Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Click Run;
  3. 3. Press Win + R, type: msconfig > Click OK;
  4. 4. In Startup, uncheck everything except for the anti-virus software;
  5. 5. Click OK > Click Restart now.

How to recover shortcut virus infected files?
Recover lost files after removing shortcut virus

After removing the Shortcut virus from USB and Windows PC, you still have one last thing to do, which is to view and restore all lost data due to shortcut virus infection. 

If you followed Method 1 to remove and delete shortcut virus by CMD command, you shall be able to get all of your data back.
If you still cannot access your data saved on computers/laptops or other storage devices, don't worry. Powerful data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard would help. It supports you to recover whatever you lost by deletion, formatting or virus attack within 3 simple steps. Just download it for free and follow to see how to get all of your lost data back from the shortcut virus now:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select location where you lost your files after removing shortcut virus, click Scan;

Recover lost data from shortcut virus.

Step 2. EaseUS data recovery software will Quick Scan and Deep Scan to find all lost files and data for you;

Recover lost data due to shortcut virus attack.

Step 3. Preview and restore lost files and data;
You can preview to see whether it finds your lost data or not;
If it finds lost files on computer or USB drive, click Activate to purchase a license code so to get unlimited data recovery capacity to select found data and click Recover to save found data into a safe spot in PC or external storage device.

Recover lost data after removing shortcut virus.

Note: Don't save your found data to the original spot where your data got infected by shortcut virus. 

After restoring data back, you can clean up the storage device which was infected by shortcut virus and format to reset the file system so to make it reusable for storing important data again.