The most common virus now a days is the shortcut virus. When user plugs USB in the computer. The infected computer transfers virus to the USB and make several changes in the USB. All folders in the USB Flash drive/drives are converted into shortcut icons.
Solution How to see the files
Don’t worry data is still there it is just hidden. Go to my computer then “Tools” – “Folder Option” –“view” – “Show Hidden File Select HIDE EXTENSION, HIDE OPERATING FILE DESELECT.
Now you can view the files stored in your USB.
Remove short virus from USB via DOS Mode
Go to Start and then click RUN or Window Key + R
Type cmd – Commoad prompt will open
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
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Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
A Handy Tip – Disable Autoplay Always
Note : After following the above instructions, please disable Auto play on all drives go to
Click on Start –> Run –> type gpedit.msc and click on OK.
Double-click on “Computer Configuration” –> Administrative Templates —>
System. Double-click on “Turn autoplay off” option and select the option
“Enabled” –> Click on OK. Close that window. Now logoff and logon into your account.
Now backup all the data from your flash drive and format it
Now your USB Drive is clean, A very important step is to use Microsoft security essentials and keep it updated.