how to fix file folders become shortcuts & recover data in folders that turned into shortcuts

  • NSHIMIYUMWUNGELI Antoine Marie Zacharie

FIX-Files-Folders-In-USB-Turned-Out-Into-Weird-Shortcuts.pngAll the folder in my pendrive become shortcut due to virus, how can I fix it and restore data? All my files and folders on my flash drive changed to shortcuts, how to get my files back?

Sounds similar? It's a common problem for removable drive such as external hard disk, USB flash drive, memory stick, pen drive and memory card turns into shortcut and files on the drive are not accessiable.

So why this happens and how we can fix it? Most of the time it's because that the external media drive is infected by virus trojans or worms like AUTORUN, QWERT, BUOUFO. To fix it, you need to kill the virus first.

Method 1: The virus may hide the files and folders, so you got to unhide them.

Step 1. Run command

If you use Windows XP, yu can go to "Start" --> Run -->type 'cmd' and click OK button.

If you use Windows Vista, 7 or Win8, press and hold keyboard key "Win" and the R, you will see run dialog pops, then type "cmd" and click OK button.

Step 2. In command window, enter attrib -h -r -s /s /d H:\*.* Take note that we assume the removeable drive is H:, if it's other drive letter, please change accordingly. e.g. if it's G:, then the commend will be attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.* Press "Return" keyboard key to run the commend.

If virus hides the files and folder, now you should be able to see them. If not, do not worry. You can kill the virus with some good antivirus tools.

Method 2: Kill virus with anti-virus program

Download STOPzilla AVM (top-rated malware, spyware & virus removal utility by PC Magazine, PC World, CNET etc) and install it on your PC. Then connect infected flash card, external HDD, SD card etc to computer.

science and technology 13/11/2015 16:35

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