Shortcut & .lnk virus on usb and phone keep reappearing HELP!!

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jinxedtech Posts 3 Registration date Tuesday August 6, 2013 Status Member Last seen August 8, 2013 - Aug 6, 2013 at 09:49 PM
canewell05 Posts 1 Registration date Monday May 26, 2014 Status Member Last seen May 26, 2014 - May 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Hi!! I really hope someone can help me..I'm quite desperate...

After using my usb elsewhere when I put it back in my laptop, I saw that all my folders where turned into shortcuts and weren't able to access anything. When I looked at the hidden folders I saw my original files and was able to access everything luckily. So I backed it up and formatted my usb, but as soon as I add a file into the usb again, the shortcuts reappears. The same thing happened to my phone which was connected to the laptop at the time, and when I looked at the folders on the phone, they all had the .lnk extension. I tried the whole "cmd -> attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* " thing and all it did was show me my hidden files. I also tried to detect what was wrong with an anti-virus but it didn't pick anything up, and neither did malawarebytes. Also I don't think its an autorun.inf problem, because I don't see it anywhere when I unhide all the folders (could it be?). How do I get rid of these shortcut files permanently that they don't come back and prevent any of my future hard drives or usb's from being affected again?

I really hope someone can help me, I don't know what else to do.

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jinxedtech Posts 3 Registration date Tuesday August 6, 2013 Status Member Last seen August 8, 2013 3
Aug 8, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I just wanted to say I fixed the problem, just a heads up for anyone in the future with the same problem...I downloaded MSE instaler ie Microsoft Security Essential, and did a full system scan and it picked up the problem. :)
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I have exactly the same problem as yours, tried exactly what you have tried from the beginning . . but in windows 8 I have Windows Defender instead of MSE but it also didn't works as I have Norton security and can't disable it to run the Windows Defender . . I am totally desperate :(
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same problem here nothing work
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use USB DISK SECURITY sometimes IT WILL QUARANTINE the virus but you have delete the file by checking its location of the quarantine file it will be in c drive users
if the quarantine file is not deleted virus will remain but it will not be detected
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thanks for your post I have encountered the same problem and it works I replaced my anti virus with mse
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canewell05 Posts 1 Registration date Monday May 26, 2014 Status Member Last seen May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Thank you for this fix. I have Windows 8.1 and turned on Windows Defender, updated it and performed scan. It detected and then I removed the shortcut virus that previously kept coming back over and over. Defender worked!!!
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