How to remove Shortcut Virus from USB, Pen Drive, SD Card and Hard Drive

How to remove Shortcut Virus from USB, Pen Drive, SD Card and Hard Drive

How to remove Shortcut Virus from USB, Shortcut virus is also known as 1 KB shortcut virus. It is a common Trojan virus that spreads widely using USB drives or pen drives as a medium. This  virus  deletes all folders on the root directory of the USB  and then  creates a shortcut with the same name as the folder  . These shortcut files .EXE, . VBS, . LNK, . INI exists with  extension. When the user clicks on these shortcuts, this virus is  activated and automatically runs in the background   .

Some useful measures without data loss are mentioned below:

Rule  1.  Remove Shortcut Virus from USB using the Command prompt.

 One of the top useful ways to remove shortcut viruses from pen drives or USB flash drives is to use the attrib command.

Here are the detailed steps below:

Step 1.  Connect your infected external drive to your computer and then press windows key + E to check the letter of the external drive.

Step 2.  Open the run box by pressing Windows + R in your computer and after typing the CMD in it, press the CTRL + Shift + Enter key. If your computer asks for administrator account and password, enter  it too.

open cmd as administror

Step 3. After typing the checked drive letter in the Command prompt window, apply colon (for example E:) then press the Enter key.

delete shortcut virus by attrib command

Step 4.  Then type del*.lnk or del autorun.inf and press the enter key.

Step 5.  Then  type attrib -h – r -s /s /d E:\*.* and press the enter key. (As an example, E-infected drive letter is there).

Note: If this remedy doesn’t work, you’re probably infected with another virus. To remove these suspected viruses you autorun. Replace inf with another virus extension such as *.exe.

Rule 2. Remove Shortcut Virus from USB by creating a BAT file.

You can easily  remove shortcut viruses from  your removal media  by creating a BAT file and then running it. The steps for this are as follows:

Step 1.  Connect your USB, pen drive or SD card to your computer and create a new notepad file on the desktop.

Step 2.   Copy the code below into the new notepad and save it with the .bat file extension. 

save code in notepad with the .bat extension

@echo off

from *.lnk

attrib -s -r -h G:\*.* /s /d /l

@echo complete

Note: Replace the drive letter G  with the  infected drive letter.

Step 3.    Double-click the .bat file on your desktop and wait for the process to finish.

.bat file

This will also successfully remove shortcut viruses from your drive.

Rule 3.  Remove suspicious keys from  the registry editor to remove thehortcut virus.

The steps to remove shortcut viruses with this method are also follows:

Step 1.  Open the Run box by pressing the Windows + R keys and type regedit in it and press the enter key.

type regedit in cmd

Step 2.  After the Rregistry editor window opens, go to the run path > currentversion > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > software > Microsoft > Windows.

Step 3: Delete   suspicious keys like odwcamszas, WXXKYz,  ZGFYszaas, OUzzckky   .

You can follow some of the tips below  to remove shortcut viruses from Windows 10 PCs

Step 1.  Enable the firewall on your Windows PC.

  • Open the Control Panel < click on the “Windows Defender Firewall” option < go to the “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off” option.
windows defender firewall
  • Mark the “Turn on Windows Defender Firewall” box > press the “OK” button to confirm.
turn windows defender firewall on

Step 2.  Turn on the Virus & Threat Protection service  in  windows defender security center.

  • Right click on the Windows icon and then select the “Settings” option > select the “Update and Security” option.
Remove Shortcut Virus from USB
update & security
  •  Click on the “Open Windows Security” option in the Windows Security section.
Remove Shortcut Virus from USB
Open Windows Security
  • On the new page, click on the “Virus & Threat Protection” option > then go to Virus & Threat Protection Settings.
Remove Shortcut Virus from USB
Click Manage settings
  • Start these three options: real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection and automatic sample submission.
Remove Shortcut Virus from USB
Enable the three option

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