Pendrive shows only shortcuts [Solved/Closed]

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Sunday September 23, 2012
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September 23, 2012
 Brito -

Files, images, folders in the pendrive are not opening. It's displaying the shortcuts. How to open those files. Can that be possible?


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If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are not in hidden mode. Follow the following steps.
  • Step 1: download the file " AutorunExterminator"
    • Extract it --> Double-click on "AutorunExterminator" --> Plug your pendrive now.
    • This will remove the autorun.inf files from your pendrive and also from drives.
  • Step 2: Click on "Start" -->Run --> type cmd and click on OK. Here I assume your pen drive letter 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 : Don't forget to replace the letter g with your pen drive letter.
    • Now press "Enter".
    • Now check for your files in Pen Drive.
  • Step 3: After that, download Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
    • Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"
    • Note : Default selected option is "Quick Scan".

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Hi n.vamshi,

The description indicates that it is likely to be a virus or some malicious software issue.

First off let's check if the files/folders on the drive are recoverable. If the files can be recovered you can run an antivirus scan on the drive and can retrieve your files.

Follow the steps below:
  • 1. Boot the computer to Windows desktop.
  • 2. Click start.
  • 3. Click Run.
  • 4. Type cmd and click Ok.
  • 5. Once the cmd prompt with black background appears type the following and hit Enter:
    attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.* 
    (Assuming f: is the drive letter for your USB flash drive in my computer.)
  • 6. If the cmd prompt displays the list of files/folders, you can still recover them.
  • 7. Run full scan on the USB flash drive using your antivirus software.
  • 8. If you are using Windows XP 32-bit then you can get a free antivirus software from Microsoft.(
  • 9. Once the scan is complete or during the scan do select to remove the malicious content from your computer.
  • 10. Hopefully, you will be able to recover your files on the USB flash drive. This worked for me.

Do reply with results.

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Zohaib R
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