Files on external drive changed to shortcuts

Hardy - Sep 25, 2010 at 01:47 PM
 H.Vijendra - Apr 9, 2018 at 02:29 AM

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

Please guide me.

1 response

jack4rall Posts 6428 Registration date Sunday June 6, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen July 16, 2020
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 at 04:46 PM

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.
thank you so much for this have been able to recover important pictures from your help - bloody marvelous!!!!!!!!!
great solution, can I delete all the shortcuts and hide system folders again?