im having the same problem with my USB flash drive. The files didnt turn into shorcut folders BUT it created a shortcut for my files(removable device shortcut icon). The files are not hidden, they can be viewed once I opened "removable device".
im looking for a solution for this problem, can anyone advise me what to do? ive tried to remove the autorun.inf and the said "virus" using the cmd prompt, and formatted my flash drive, but unfortunately once I plugged back my flash drive it turned again into a shortcut.
thank you so much and have a good day!