Files on External/Flash Drive Changed to Shortcuts Virus

Issue

I caught a virus on my flash drive at work and it appears to have changed all my file names to short cuts. I believe I’ve cleaned the virus but how do i get my files back so that I can view them?

Solution

* If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are not in hidden mode.
* Click on “Start” –>Run–>type cmd and click on OK.
* Check your external Drive letter in My Computer
* Here I assume your external drive as G:
* Enter this command.
* attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:*.*
* Delete the unnecessary shortcuts.

Note: Replace the letter g with your flash drive letter.

Still problem? Write down in comments section.

Edit: Usually this happens when your system is affected by TOEUW.EXE malware/virus . Here is How to Remove TOEUW.EXE malware/virus

Don’t miss to read the comments section, there are some other methods mentioned.

Comments

  1. When I do this, its says access denied. What will I do now?

  2. surajit kumar sen says:

    I’m windows 7 ultimate user….A Virus affecting “wscript.exe” causing to create short cut virus in flash drive(only) .I Have even scan my laptop using “AVG” .I Have also tried “attrib -r -a -s -h *.*” and also “format the PENDRIVE” then also the shortcuts are forming .
    AS I AM LIVING IN HOSTEL THIS PROBLEM IS FOUND IN ALL MY FRIEND’S LAPTOP TOO.

    plz help me what to do NEXT ???…

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