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

Posted by Tracy King to File Recovery 2017-04-01

Summary

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

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

What to do when 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 internet work 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 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

  1. 1. Click on Start and select Run;
  2. 2. Type: CMD and hit Enter to open Command Prompt;
  3. 3. Type the drive letter of your hard drive partition in PC or USB flash drive and hit Enter; (G for example.)
  4. 4. Type: attrib g:*.* /d /s -h -r -s and hit Enter.

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 and you can selectively choose one to try:

  • Trojorm Removal Tool;
  • Shortcut virus fixfolder;
  • Malwaerbytes 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 last one 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 data back.
If you still cannot access to 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 free download it and follow to see how to get your lost data back from the shortcut virus now:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select location where you lost 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 into 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.