Solved Shortcut Virus on External drives

July 22, 2011 at 09:10:12
Specs: Windows Vista
I've just experienced problems with this virus, I've seen several solutions but none worked. At least I discovered a way to see and use your files. Simply type the directory (folder) name on the address bar. for example H:\Musica (Enter) and it will take you to the folder and you'll be able to access your files.

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July 22, 2011 at 10:01:23
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Did you try this:

Click on Start, and at the search area, type: cmd
Click: OK

Right click the command file, and select: Run as Administrator

At the command prompt that appears, copy/paste the following:

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

Press: Enter

Note: Assumed your USB drive is g:
If not, please replace the letter g with your USB drive letter!

Now, check the files in the USB drive...

If no-go, try the following:

Download Unhide.exe to your Desktop:

If the file does not download, copy/paste the following link >without brackets or quotes< in the address bar of your browser:

Right click on unhide.exe and select: Run as Administrator
For XP, double-click on Unhide.exe

Allow the program to run.

This program removes the hidden attribute from all the files on your hard drives.

Let us know how it goes.

There is probably an underlying virus that you need to get rid of.

To be on the safe side, you could do the following:

Download iExplore.exe, which is renamed copy of RKill:

Save the file to the Desktop.
Right click, and select: Run as Administrator

Ignore any messages, and allow the file to run until the command window closes.

Now, download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (black button with green and white icon)

Save to the Desktop:

Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.

Run Malwarfebytes’ AntiMalware and update the program.
Once updated, select Perform Full Scan and click the scan button.

When the scan finishes, click OK in the message box, and you will see the results of the scan.

Click the Remove Selected button to get rid of the malware.

When Malwarebytes finishes, you may be prompted to reboot. If so, reboot.

Please post the Malwarebytes log in your reply so we can see where we are at, and plan any additional removal strategy, if necessary.

Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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September 3, 2011 at 23:18:46
To remove a shortcut virus for your external hardrive. First right click on the shortcut folder then click properties. Afterwards in the Target bar you will See the drive your shortcut virus is in for example lets say your drive is G:\then the virus:then your folder name lets say music folder. All you do is highlight the shortcut virus between ur Drive and whatever folder you have on then delete it and press enter, afterwards click on the folder to reveal your tracks then open up a new folder cut and paste your info to the new folder then delete the old folder. Then do the rest as above afta that scan your pc or laptop and voila!

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September 28, 2011 at 07:12:45
Work like a charm! Thanks, you saved me from losing valuable data.

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