Files missing even after removing the shortcut virus [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question mervin chew 1Posts Saturday April 13, 2013Registration date April 13, 2013 Last seen - Last answered on Oct 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM by Sumant

I am using window 7, dell core i7.

Previously my external hardisk was infected by virus and it turned to shortcut.

I have tried all the method suggested, by unhiding the files, install and run software to disable autorun, as well as antimalware and even using cmd.exe.

Although most of the files recovered, but still got few important files remained missing. Please help me in solving this problem.
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Go to command prompt.
Change the directory to your external drive(say J:\)
type J: (at the prompt)
Then,you'll see that the drive of operation has changed.
attrib -s -h /s /d *.*
Open the drive in a new window explorer.
Check for "autorun.inf" and remove it.(you could scan the drive to remove it).
Your folders now appear in one folder.
Open that folder to recover your data.
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sayeed- May 8, 2015 at 11:01 AM
sumaiya- Jun 4, 2017 at 09:17 AM
yes.., thank you:)
Ibbad- Jul 7, 2017 at 03:39 AM
Thanks mate... made my day.... finally life saving hack....
Sumant- Oct 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM
Thanks buddy
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Thank you very much for the advice!
I had the shortcut virus on a stick, I cleaned it with Mcafee but the files were no longer visible, although the "properties" showed that the stick was 80% full (which was correct). I did what you said and it worked. However, for dummies (like myself!), it were (maybe) better if you said to type


Again, a big THANK YOU!
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Try this 1

1) Click on Start --> In search bar, type control folders and press Enter.

"Folder Options" will be opened. Now click on the "View" tab.

2) Select the option "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and uncheck the

check box "Hide protected operating system files" --> Click on OK.

Now look for your files. Later undo the changes that your have made by following

the Step 1 and clicking on the "Restore Defaults" button.

3) If still the files are missing then try the recovery software "Recuva" without

making any changes to that drive and check if you able to find all those file in the

recovery. Click on the below hyperlink "Recuva" and download the file


Good Luck
flyhight- Feb 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM
bro it work like a charm...thank you mate...
Mahi- Feb 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Thanks buddy. your r a geek.
piyush- Mar 17, 2014 at 07:58 AM
thanks a lot ,,, man!!!!!!!
patrice- Apr 7, 2014 at 06:04 AM
oh my god.. thanks a lot
Tamy- Jul 17, 2014 at 01:36 PM
thank you so much. It worked for me
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Thanks men I did work perfectly.

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