Shortcut virus is a virus which Enters in to your USB flash drive, Hard Disk drive, Memory cards or mobile phone and change your files into shortcuts with the original folder icons. The logic behind your folder becoming short cuts is that, this virus hides your original folders/files in the same removable media and creates the short cut with the same name. If you are also getting the only Shortcut folder when insert the usb drive, memory card on computer. And looking for solution to get rid of this virus, Here we have some tips to remove shortcut virus with format the drive or without any data loss.
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Remove Shortcut Virus
Computer Virus infection is only removed through antivirus programs as you know. But this time we are talking about Shortcut Virus. Which is a new modern virus automatically comes in your computer/USB/SD card and convert your content into a shortcut. Some time this virus also invisible your all contents.
When you Plugin your Pen drive in Your friend’s Shortcut Virus affected PC. Or when you insert your Friends virus infected USB to your Computer, You may get this virus too. Lets See How To remove This Virus.
Remove Shortcut virus using CMD
Using Command Prompt to remove a virus and recover files is the best way and there are 95% Possibilities of virus removal. This Method Removes Shortcut virus from Pen drive, Memory cards, PC, Hard disk, and even Mobiles.click on start menu type cmd select command prompt right click and run as administrator. This will open windows command prompt. Now insert virus affected USB drive ( External Drive ). And note down virus affected drive name (your system drive, USB drive or memory card drive letter name)
About This Command
Method 2 To Remove Shortcut Virus
Remove Shortcut Virus using Registry Tweak
Now In the top left pane of registry editor, navigate to fallowing key.
Here on right pane Look for the registry key odwcamszas , just right click on it and delete it. That’s all, Close registry and Restart windows to take changes effective.
How to Avoid your drive from Shortcut Virus
Note : If you know your PD is infected with a virus, don’t double click on it.Try to browse it using right click or try to open it in a new window. Double clicking runs the “Autorun.inf” which is mostly accompanied with a virus . Inside Autorun.inf there are commands written which finally executes your virus. Hence double clicking an infected PD runs your virus and infects the PC.
These are some best tips to Remove the shortcut virus from you usb drive without format and losing any data.