Files On USB Pen Drive Becomes Shortcuts After Virus Infection

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on December 3, 2010


There are times when your USB flash drive may get infected with some virus due to which the flash drive icon may change in my computer, or when you might see some exe files looking like folders in each folder on your computer, although both of these virus infection are now quite old these days, recently I saw a different kind of virus infection on flash drive in which all the folder and file changed to shortcut after virus infection.

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If you encounter such a kind of situation don’t panic as your files and folder on the flash drive are intact, and they are not damaged so you can still retrieve the files on your USB Pen drive. Follow the procedure below to recover the files and folder which are actually hidden and not visible to you.

1. Download “AutorunExterminator” from the link below


Once Extract it, run its executable and plug your USB pendrive now. This will remove the autorun.inf files from your pendrive and also from the drives on your computer hard disk.

2. Click on Start >> Run >> type cmd and click on OK. Here we assume your pendrive letter as x: Enter this command written below.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d x:\*.*

Note: You can copy the above command –> Right-click in the Command Prompt and paste it.

Note: Don’t forget to replace the letter x with your pen drive letter.

3. Press Enter

Now check for your files in Pen Drive, you should see the files on your USB pen drive now

4. Now, download the Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware from the below link

Update it and Perform “Full Scan” it will completely remove the virus from your computer also, which will avoid any further infection on any other USB flash drive with virus infection.

Note: Default selected option in Malwarebytes is “Quick Scan”.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Anand January 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Excellent dude ..This works 200%.

Souvagya February 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks a Ton… really worked
Keep up the good work
Thanks again I neally needed it.

dandin March 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

hi, I was worried, seing icons insted of flder, but just followed the step explained here, it worked out

Killer April 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

thanks so much you r aowsome man thanks 😀

hariprasad April 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks, its superb,

arman April 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

it did not work for me!

I followed each step carefully, twice!
my memory stick is still infected and the following files and folders are copied on it even after i format the drive:


Help me please

prateek May 6, 2011 at 10:39 am


I did install the software but the autorun files just get detected(for a very long time) but does not get deleted at all..
I am not being able to open any files in my pen drive of any memory card i plug into my comp.Please help.

Arjun May 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

thanks a lot
work perfectly

syed shukur July 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thanks a lot it really worked, really happy with ur service

VIJAY SWARUP August 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thanks a lot. It works

yousuf August 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

thanks a lot for u help i retrieved back all my imp files

Nare August 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

It worked for me afetr a lot of frustration. I am yet to reemove the shortcuts thought. I expected it to take care of them too. I will delete them.

Sudhanshu August 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks Dear. Really saver.

Vijay September 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

It works. Thansk a ton.

chrissy September 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

thanks a lot… t’was very helpful…

swapna October 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

awesomeeee , perfect..

bobby November 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Thanks alot , Really an great favor in deed

thiru December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

hi thanks its very simple
& very powerful also

Simuss January 3, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thanks alot, its works & very helpful..
Keep up the good work…

adarsh surania February 9, 2012 at 3:53 am

THANKS A LOT!!!!!!!!!
Very Helpful!!!

H@rry February 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thanks a lot! great help

Thanks Sir A Lot February 20, 2012 at 2:20 am

Thanks a lot man you saved me a lot of music

Flow April 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

You sir, are a life saviour !!
Many thanks !!!

Jhay April 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Me too sir ? same w/ the problem of ARMAN ,how to fix it ? :)

Mallikarjun April 5, 2012 at 12:11 am

Thanks a lot! great help

pravin May 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

dude it works thanks

Pyar May 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

It’s really working. Thanks a lot!

Vikram June 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thank you very much. The 2 step worked. Post that ran MBAM and now I am good to go. You are a life saver.

VA January 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I followed all the steps, but still i m not able to open folder from USB or external HD. Please help..

Surender January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm


I tried the above steps, but it deleted all the folders with .exe extension. That particular folder had all important files.

cloverclose February 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thank you very much! Saved my files :)

ka March 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

i tried also that one but it didn’t work.. how come?

Yam March 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

Woooowwww!!! it really worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Much !

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