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

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Hello,

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

Please guide me.

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Hello,

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"
https://ccm.net/download/download-11613-autorun-exterminator
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

https://ccm.net/download/download-105-malwarebytes
Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"
Note : Default selected option is "Quick Scan".

Good Luck.
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> ricrreid
Sorry Jack4all, but ur tip didnt worked on my usb flash...

When I Enter this command.

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

Nothing changes!
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> ricrreid
Hello,
Let me know what happened after entering that command. Another way is
Click on start --> run --> type control folders and press enter. Folder Options will be opened.
Click on view tab --> select the option "show hidden files and folders" and uncheck the check box
"hide protected operating system files" and click on OK.
Good Luck.
> ricrreid
This is seriously fantastic, thanks!
> ricrreid
Thanks a bunch for the insight
> ricrreid
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
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> ricrreid
please,can someone help me I need a work realy badly have many talents reply if u can help me.
> ricrreid
jack4all thanks a lot it's great u saved my HD thank u
thanks it helped but how do I get the transparent folders back to the original ones? Is this a stupid question to asked?
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> Maximillian
Hello,
Follow the instructions given in the step 2 in the below link
https://ccm.net/forum/affich-474271-files-on-external-drive-changed-to-shortcuts#1
Good Luck.
> Maximillian
i followed ur step to...but it gives an error that access is denied...wat shud I do?
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> Maximillian
Hello,
There are some folders like system volume information where the user don't have access to it.
Such folders get access denied. Enter that above command and wait for the process to get completed.
Good Luck.
> Maximillian
I've already done... but my external drive still have shortcut file... What should I do?
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> Maximillian
Hello,
Try this 1
Click on start --> run --> type control folders and press enter. Folder Options will be opened.
Click on view tab --> select the option "show hidden files and folders" and uncheck the check box
"hide protected operating system files" and click on OK. Now look for your files in your external drive.
Good Luck.
> Maximillian
Thank U... Its Working... Thank U My Friend... ('',)
> Maximillian
geniuusssss, tnx
> Maximillian
i wanna know why it happens, showing only shortcuts...virusss???tnx in advnce
> Maximillian
jack ur the awesomemessness
> Maximillian
it works but do I need to delete the shortcut folders?are the virus still in the folder?
> Maximillian
Thanks a lot! I got it the folders after used the command! but still have the same problem (shortcut) when I remove and connect the external HD. what happened dear...?? pls help me
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> Maximillian
Hello Ceeyech,
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"
Now double-click on fix.reg --> Click on OK.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@="@SYS:DoesNotExist"
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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.
Good Luck
> Maximillian
u r awesome man..u helped a lot I was so upset...
> Maximillian
yeah! It works! great help!
> Maximillian
As for myself it is not really working
> Maximillian
Oh thanks it did worked
> Maximillian
Thanks a million, you just restored all my pictures
> Maximillian
It's really working..thank you so much to "jack4rall"..God bless you...
> Maximillian
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?
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> Maximillian
Hello karura,
After backing up your data, delete all the shorcut folders.
Good Luck
> Maximillian
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
> Maximillian
thanks alot my friend
great solution, can I delete all the shortcuts and hide system folders again?
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> phiriza
Hello,
Yes, you can delete all the shortcuts or backup your data and format your pen drive and hide the system files again.
Good Luck.
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thanks a lot...
thank you

its really helped me
> phiriza
Thank You Very Much .. Very helpful ..
thanks, very good instructions helped me a lot!
i've done this step but when I unplugged the hardisc and plugged it again,the file still in shortcut.. y?
Thanks so much . It works perfectly .
Thanks A LOT........
Thank you very much , this is a very good instruction , I have recovered the data on my pendrive.
thankyou so much..
thank you it worked have a nice day...
Perfect solution. Thank you. You saved my external drive.
yes it work!
thanks a lot sir u saved my 400GB of my data thanks a lot u ROCK
on step 2 I get: access denied x:\system volume information
josh it happened to me to but u need to do thie exactly what jack said below:
Hello,
Let me know what happened after entering that command. Another way is
Click on start --> run --> type control folders and press enter. Folder Options will be opened.
Click on view tab --> select the option "show hidden files and folders" and uncheck the check box
"hide protected operating system files" and click on OK.
Good Luck.
after doing that ur folders will apper
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?
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> SocramZ
Hello,
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.

REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@="@SYS:DoesNotExist"

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
https://ccm.net/download/download-105-malwarebytes
Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"

Good Luck
> SocramZ
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 OK..an error appeared.
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> SocramZ
Hello,
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
> SocramZ
thank you so much bro, u save many imp things for me, may god bless u
> SocramZ
i love you!! you saved my data.. thank you.. gbu.. :)
I m getting a problem in step 2.
Access denied - G:\RECYCLER\S-5-3-42-2819952290-8240758988-879315005-3665\jwgkvsq.vmx

Access denied - G:\RECYCLER\S-5-3-42-2819952290-8240758988-879315005-3665

Access denied - G:\System volume information

Plz help.....
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Hello,
There are some folders like system volume information where the user don't have access to it.
Such folders get access denied. Enter that above command and wait for the process to get completed.
Good Luck.
still nt getting any results..
what to do??
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Hello,
Try this 1
You need to follow all the steps.
Or
Click on the below link and follow the instructions
https://ccm.net/forum/affich-474271-files-on-external-drive-changed-to-shortcuts?full#4
Good Luck
you are a genius my friend. Thank you very much. With love from Africa

i love you
when I refresh it goes back to shortcuts help please
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Hello,
Try this 1
Click on the below link and follow the instructions
https://ccm.net/forum/affich-474271-files-on-external-drive-changed-to-shortcuts#53
Then again follow the above instructions to recover the files from the hidden mode.
Good Luck
danke danke danke !!!!!
theres a folder in my hard-drive "recycler", whenever I delete something inside the hardrive it goes to that folder...
i did all the steps you said earlier, when I scanned it there was a virus in that folder, but I cant delete it.
help.
yea ive got the same thing as needhelp. is that normal??
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Hello needhelp,
Try this 1
1)When you switch ON your computer, start tapping the "F8" key to get "Windows Advanced Options"( if boot menu appears, press "Esc" key and keep tapping the F8 key)
Select the option "Safe Mode with Networking".
2)Click on the below hyperlink "Download" and download the file
Download
Download the portable file.
Double-click on it and follow the instructions. When the application appears, first update it by click on "First check for updates" --> After updating it, click on "Scan your Computer" ---> Make sure that "Perform Complete Scan" is selected and click on "Next" and follow the instructions.
Good Luck
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should I delete the shortcut folders when done?
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I've followed all steps, but when I wanted to run Malwarebytes I was prompted by 16 bit MSDOS subsystem: The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction....
The shortcuts came again on the flash
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it says access denied help!!!

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\YUSI>attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
Access denied - G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-1341997240-1356586522-4086331149-1000
Access denied - G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4009801811-4160864061-3625295961-1001
it says access denied help!!!

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\YUSI>attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
Access denied - G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-1341997240-1356586522-4086331149-1000
Access denied - G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-4009801811-4160864061-3625295961-1001
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Awesome!! dude it works for me..good job.
step2 says "access denied"
Awesome dude....it worked perfectly....thank you so much.
Hi, do we need to wait till execution on ib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* completes?
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Thank you so much.
I was able to retrieve my data!


Now I have lot more additional folders and files, I don't know whether I can remove them or not.
Thank you very much Jack, with your information i really managed to save all my information on portable drive, otherwise i would have lost everything
Not only Thank You. I would like to say "Thank you very much. My problem is solved. May God bless you"

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