External hardrive files converted to 'shortcuts'.

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braderz_2005
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- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM
carminabigue
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- Jul 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Hi guys,

My laptop broke, as a result of a virus. During this time, the virus happened to change all my files on my external hardrive to 'shortcut' files. I can't access them as they will not open. I have a new laptop now. Please, I hope they haven't gone forever.

Is there away I can convert the files back from shortcuts to the original files.

Thanks :)

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xpcman
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Jul 30, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I suggest you try thew steps detailed in this posting:

http://ccm.net/faq/9106-all-folders-on-my-usb-have-been-changed-to-shortcuts

Good Luck
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Jul 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
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/downloads/security-and-maintenance/5911-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/downloads/security-and-maintenance/4621-malwarebytes-anti-malware/

Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"

Note : Default selected option is "Quick Scan".

Good Luck.
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