Remove Shortcut Virus From Flash Drives Without Formatting

Here in this tutorial, i will explain you how to remove the shortcut link viruses from your flash drives like pen drives/memory card etc, without formatting the whole disk drive or by using any antiviruses that remove the file folders as well.

If you find your disk files and folders were turned into shortcuts, and reappears even after deleting several number of times, don't get panic and Format the entire pendrive/flash drive to remove such viruses, your files/folders were not Gone or Corrupted its just hidden into drive.

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To view the hidden files and folders in the disk:
  1. Goto->Organise->Folder Search Option->View->Advanced Settings->Select Show hidden files, folders and drives.
  2. Click OK and view the disk you will find the files and folders that were hidden in transparent mode.
Now its time to remove the shortcut link that have been created by the virus attack without formatting or deleting one by one.

To do so follow the simple steps below:


  1. Start->Run->Type cmd and click ok, A command prompt window opens.
  2. Type  attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*  or Just Copy it => Right Click On command prompt window and paste it and press enter[Refer image picture illustration]. 

    • Note: Replace the letter "g" with the pen drive/disk letter that you want to remove the shortcuts(Refer the below example image).

  3. And when you press enter its all done, now you can check your disk for shortcut virus free drive.
Warning: This solutions is temporary, and I recommend you to install a reputed Antivirus software and Run a full system scan for any trojan/viruses that affects your disk later on.

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