USB Drives, especially those which we used on public computers such as Internet cafes, business centers, and schools are very susceptible to contamination by viruses present on other users of the machine devices. One of the most common is the “shortcut virus” that creates many unwanted icons on your USB device while hidden files that really matter; hindering or even preventing, the access to them.
First thing to notice if you had installed the shortcut virus in your system is that it won’t be removed by normal antivirus scanning. Shortcut virus usually creates the shortcut files, for example, folders shortcut as shown in the image above. When you see such shortcut files or folders in your Computer or USB drive then this are the signs that your computer or USB drive contains the Shortcut virus.
This kind of virus will not get detected by normal antivirus.
There are two methods to Remove Shortcut Virus
- Using CMD to remove shortcut Virus
- Cleanup shortcut Virus using Shortcut Virus Fixer
Method 1: Using CMD To Remove Shortcut Virus
I will show you three simple Steps to remove the shortcut virus from your computer or USB drive, with the help of your command prompt system,
Step 1. Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Step 2. Now enter the following in your Command Prompt “attrib :*.* /d /s -h -r -s” without quotes ‘then your USB drive letter‘ must be replaced with your own drive letter. Suppose your flash drive is on (Drive F) so you must imply the following command “attrib f:*.* /d /s -h -r -s” without quotes and hit enter.
Step 3. Now wait for some time until CMD finishes the command, once it’s completed successfully the shortcut virus will be removed from your PC.
Method 2: Cleanup shortcut Virus using Shortcut Virus Fixer
You can also remove Shortcut virus by installing a software (Shortcut Virus Fixer.
If you are facing any issue at any of the mentioned methods, feel free to ask us in the comments below.