My usb drive icon is now shortcut

March 8, 2014 at 22:35:47
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,
My USB drive icon has recently become shortcut due to a virus. All the files are still not corrupted.Does anyone knows how I can restore USB drive to a non-shortcut form? Thanks!

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#1
March 9, 2014 at 04:06:04
Snappersoft USB Healer
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://snappersoft.com/downloads/fr...
This tool restores files damaged by viruses.
Snappersoft USB Healer is a handy and reliable utility designed to unhide files hidden by viruses on your USB/Memory devices.
It removes virus created shortcuts and restores files permanently hidden and replaced by shortcuts with this free tool created to help against the rise of complex viruses that damage files.

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#2
March 9, 2014 at 06:40:51
JohnW I just downloaded that program because I have some virus issues. It has installed condult toolbar and changed my homepage. Also has slowed this system down.

Laptop Dell Latitude D620 Core2Duo
Windows XP Pro SP3
Desktop HP Pavilion p6533w
AMD Dual Core 3.0
Windows 7 Home Premium
Server Windows XP Pro SP3
3.0 Ghz 3 GB Ram


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#3
March 9, 2014 at 07:06:20
ChristopherTGarrett, you installed condult toolbar.

A lot of programs, now give you the choice to install toolbars & other during the install. Either uncheck these items during install, or use Custom install. No more click, click during an install, you have to read after each click.
I use Softpedia, down the bottom of the page, they make you aware what Ad-supported programs the author of the program has included.
Sample pages
http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD...
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multim...
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to install StartNow Toolbar that the program does not require to fully function
SS ( screenshots ) of above
http://i.imgur.com/CSBplyA.gif
http://i.imgur.com/3eWWoXm.gif

Use Unchecky to help prevent these third party installs. Nothing is perfect, the badies are always ahead of the goodies.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://unchecky.com/
How to download from Softpedia
http://i.imgur.com/iZ3Fzmc.gif
http://i.imgur.com/NNgm1rF.gif
A reliable application that aims to protect your computer against third-party components often offered during software installations.

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#4
March 9, 2014 at 12:11:12
I think all of you didn't understand. I don't have any problem with the files in the usb drive, only the usb icon has become shortcut. The files do not have any problem.

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#5
March 9, 2014 at 13:06:38
Are you saying that everything works with the USB drive (including its icon) and the only issue is that the icon shows as shortcut with an arrow instead of a normal icon?

EDIT: Minor typo

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
March 9, 2014 at 13:17:00
Yes Derek, This is my problem. Do you have any solution?

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#7
March 9, 2014 at 13:54:46
Nope - just making sure I had the story right.

I don't know where drive icon information is buried - presumably in the registry. I'll keep looking but haven't had much luck so far (unusual).

In the meantime you could try (if you haven't already) unplugging the USB drive restarting the computer then plugging the drive in again - none too hopeful but I suppose something of this sort might shake it into shape.

Another idea, along similar lines, is to go to Device Manager, find the USB drive, right click Uninstall then restart the system. This would find the drive afresh.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#8
March 9, 2014 at 14:09:34
One more idea. Set yourself up to “Show hidden files and folders”. Look in the USB drive and see if there is an autorun.inf file. If so, delete it then unplug USB drive. After a few seconds plug the USB drive in again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#9
March 9, 2014 at 14:59:09
Yes I may have over looked it. I scanned with maleware bytes and have 106 items found.

Laptop Dell Latitude D620 Core2Duo
Windows XP Pro SP3
Desktop HP Pavilion p6533w
AMD Dual Core 3.0
Windows 7 Home Premium
Server Windows XP Pro SP3
3.0 Ghz 3 GB Ram


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