Files on flash drive changed to shortcuts [Solved/Closed]

Amber - Jul 12, 2010 at 04:29 PM - Latest reply:  hehehe
- Jan 31, 2018 at 08:47 AM
Hello,

I caught a virus on my flash drive at work and it appears to have changed all my file names to short cuts. I believe I've cleaned the virus but how do I get my files back so that I can view them?

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jack4rall 6522 Posts Sunday June 6, 2010Registration dateSecurity contributorStatus December 30, 2015 Last seen - Jul 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM
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Hello,

If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are not in

hidden mode.

Click on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and click on OK.

Here I assume your pendrive as G:

Enter this command.

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

Note : Replace the letter g with your flash drive letter.
Thanks! you saved all my files
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In addition to steps suggested by jack4rall you need to del the files that get listed after

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

del g:\ [file name]

sometimes you get a message " Process completed , file sharig violation" while trying to delete a file.

In that case you can install a software called "Who lock me?" (search in the google) and install the same.

You can kill the process and delete the file. Make sure to create a folder in the file name you have deleted so that the virus may not be able to creep into the drive once again.
still aim not access the folders
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Hello, I'm not trying to interfere with your conversation, but I have the same problem. I did do a full scan on the drive with Superantispyware on the external drive and it deleted all the shortcuts that were on the external drive (assuming that it thought the shortcuts were viruses). I do have another external drive that is infected and was wondering if there is any other way to fix it. I usually have no problem fixing these viruses but this one has been a headache from hell. Thanks for any help or advice. JB
Ambucias 49564 Posts Monday February 1, 2010Registration dateModeratorStatus February 17, 2018 Last seen - Jul 16, 2010 at 05:37 PM
Hello jblethal
Your courtesy is admirable, I wish more users were like you.
Best regards