How to Remove Shortcut Virus From PC/Laptop and Pendrive

Shortcut Virus in computers/laptops and flash drives are very much common today. Many have experienced this odd computer virus. Unlike Trojan and Worm viruses which can be easily detected and removed by a good Anti-Virus.
This shortcut virus is much more strong thank both of Trojan and Worm viruses as it is a hybrid of both of those viruses. Many Antivirus software can’t get rid of this shortcut virus most of the time.

So for shortcut virus user needs to take certain preventive measures and some execution actions to remove shortcut virus from computer/laptop or flash drives like pen drives, external hard drives, mobile storage etc.

Where Does These Shortcut Viruses Come From?  

The shortcut virus primary goal is to corrupt important OS functioning files which will make your PC/Device slow, other devices get infected from it if any data is copied from the infected device through any kind of flash drive.

By spreading through the flash drives this virus is highly present on many private internet cafeterias, so be aware of using flash drives in such cafes. Many people take such shortcut as a glitch in the OS and neglect it and later wonder why their system speed has reduced.

Another spreading way of this shortcut virus is through the internet, installing unknown .exe file from unknown publisher mostly end up as a virus in your system which could be a shortcut virus too.

Dangers Of The Shortcut Virus:

Many computer users think shortcut virus infects their computer or Pen drive and only hides away some important files and folders. Well, that’s just one of the many things it does.

Shortcut Virus can steal your personal or sensitive data like your e-journal, photos and Financially sensitive data like Credit card Pin, Online Banking passwords etc.

It can even spy on your online activities using net browsing history and cookies and it makes your antivirus and anti-malware software weak which increases your vulnerability towards internet threats.
Prevention Against Shortcut Virus Corruption:

 The best preventive measure against shortcut virus is to never install unknown software from unknown sources and publishers, many people blindly trust blogs and install such software expecting something else, but also know that there are many people who are using such methods to hack and damage your data.
Always check the flash drives for viruses using registered and valid antivirus, check especially if the flash drive has been used on a public internet cafeteria before.

Removing Shortcut Virus:

Method 1 CMD

Method 1 uses CMD but no need to worry it’s very easy and all non-technical persons can do this without sweating.

  1. Open CMD. (Go to Run > type CMD > hit enter)
  2. Now you need to write one simple command. Just write the command which is shown below.

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

Now replace the “Drive-Name” in that command with your drive name.
For example, if you want to remove shortcut virus from drive C then write like below.

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d C:*.*

  1. Now hit the enter button.

That’s it all your shortcut virus will be removed from the computer itself.

Method 2  .BAT FILE

In case if the above CMD method doesn’t work for you try this. It is a very simple process just using notepad.

Open Notepad. (Run > type Notepad)

  1. Copy the below code and paste it into the notepad file you opened.
  2. @echo offattrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

    @echo complete

  3. Now replace the “Drive-Name” with your drive in which shortcut virus is located.
  4. Click on options and click “save as” option and save it as removevirus.bat on the desktop.
  5. Now double click on the file.

That’s it the file will be loading and removing all the shortcut virus from your drive.

 

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