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

Ask a question Hardy - Last answered on Jul 1, 2017 at 01:45 PM by fonban

My external hard drive has some virus because of which all files are showing as short cuts.

Please guide me.
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Try this 1.

Check whether the files are not in hidden mode. Follow the following steps.

Step 1:

Click on the below link and download the file "AutorunExterminator"

Extract it --> Double-click on "AutorunExterminator" --> Plug your External

hard drive now.

This will remove the autorun.inf files from your External hard drive and also from

the drives.

Step 2:

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

Here I assume your External hard drive as G:

Enter this command.

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

You can copy the above command --> Right-click in the Command Prompt and

paste it.

Note : Replace the letter g with your External hard drive letter.

Now check for your files in External Drive.

Step 3:

After that, download the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the below link

Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"

Note : Default selected option is "Quick Scan".

Good Luck.
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Adarsh Anil Kale- Jan 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Thanks dude....:) really u have saved my important files....) thank u once again....
Jacky- Jan 9, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Thanks alot
lumafloti- Mar 16, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Really amazing bro. Thanks a lot.
call me boss- May 11, 2017 at 08:56 AM
thanks bro. love you. u just saved my datas
fonban- Jul 1, 2017 at 01:45 PM
Thanks so much for saving my drive
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great solution, can I delete all the shortcuts and hide system folders again?
jack4rall 6525Posts Sunday June 6, 2010Registration date ModeratorStatus December 30, 2015 Last seen - Dec 2, 2010 at 09:33 AM
Yes, you can delete all the shortcuts or backup your data and format your pen drive and hide the system files again.
Good Luck.
phiriza- Dec 6, 2010 at 01:33 AM
thanks a lot...
kd- May 6, 2011 at 02:11 PM
thank you

its really helped me
Ruba- Jan 3, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Thank You Very Much .. Very helpful ..
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thank you so much for this have been able to recover important pictures from your help - bloody marvelous!!!!!!!!!
GP- Oct 27, 2010 at 07:23 AM
Thanks a bunch for the insight
hanna younan- Dec 2, 2010 at 02:25 PM
Hi Jack
adding to your point in the options user has to uncheck also the "Hide protected operating system files(reomenderd) " ithe virus made it hidden system file
good luck
super.- Apr 6, 2011 at 07:55 AM
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mouba- May 12, 2011 at 08:18 PM
jack4all thanks a lot it's great u saved my HD thank u
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I tried the "solution" and it worked..
but now every time I plug in another external drive OR usb, it does the same thing.

how can I prevent this?
jack4rall 6525Posts Sunday June 6, 2010Registration date ModeratorStatus December 30, 2015 Last seen - Jun 7, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Try this 1
1)Copy the text starting from "REGEDIT4" upto @="@SYS:DoesNotExist" -->
Open a "Notepad" --> Paste it --> Save the file as fix.reg
Note: Don't forget the extension "reg"
[First backup your registry. Click on Start --> Run --> Type regedt32 and press Enter.
"Registry Editor" will be opened. Click on "File --> Export"]

Now double-click on fix.reg --> Click on OK.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]

Note : After following the above instructions, whenever you place any autoplay CD\DVD all you have to do is go to "My Computer" --> Open the CD\DVD drive ---> You have to double-click on the setup file.

2) Disable the "Autoplay" feature also.
Click on Start --> Run --> type gpedit.msc and click on OK.
Double-click on "Computer Configuration" --> Administrative Templates ---> System. Double-click on "Turn autoplay off" option and select the option "Enabled" --> Click on OK. Close that window. Now logoff and logon into your account.

3) Download the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the below link
Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"

Good Luck
SocramZ- Jun 14, 2011 at 01:26 PM
i did all the steps up to where you typed the "NOTE"...what kind of cd? I inserted a blank cd and it obviously popped up a screen asking to format it.
No where I saw the setup file..

so I skipped that step and tried to disable the AUTOPLAY feature, but after pressing error appeared.
jack4rall 6525Posts Sunday June 6, 2010Registration date ModeratorStatus December 30, 2015 Last seen - Jun 14, 2011 at 02:57 PM
In "Note" I'm referring to the CD\DVD that already contains data and having the feature of autoplay(Running the setup automatically Example: Motherboard CD)
Let me know the error message and also the operating system you are using.
Good Luck
Ali- Jun 28, 2011 at 05:12 AM
thank you so much bro, u save many imp things for me, may god bless u
nyoon- Oct 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
i love you!! you saved my data.. thank you.. gbu.. :)
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sorry my bad I fix it thanks that s awesome.
thanks a lot for sharing
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thanks a lot
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thanks it helped but how do I get the transparent folders back to the original ones? Is this a stupid question to asked?
Jas- Mar 29, 2011 at 10:54 PM
It's really working..thank you so much to "jack4rall"..God bless you...
karura- Apr 7, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I was able to restore all of my folders to its original state. Thanks!! But what should I do with the shortcut folders? Can I erase them or do I have to archive/keep them just in case?
jack4rall 6525Posts Sunday June 6, 2010Registration date ModeratorStatus December 30, 2015 Last seen - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Hello karura,
After backing up your data, delete all the shorcut folders.
Good Luck
KARTHICK- Jun 19, 2011 at 09:46 AM
thanks a lot my friend it worked and u restored my files of 218GB in just a single line thanx thanx thanx a lot my friend
jithin- Jan 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM
thanks alot my friend
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I had the same problem and I tried your solution didn't work .
do you have another solution for me
thanks advance!
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