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How to Remove Shortcut Virus from your USB Pen Drive or Computer

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Your USB Pen Drive, system folder or hard disk creating unwanted shortcut files again and again even after removing/deleting them? Then, probably the system is affected by this Shortcut Virus. The name of this virus is Houdini, a worm. In recent days it has affected many computers all over the world. People are losing data without knowing how to remove shortcut virus from their drives.

Once you clock the file which affects with this shortcut virus, it starts running a ‘.vbs’ script and runs a serious of tasks. After affecting your device it starts looking for peripheral devices connected to your devices and affects them. Mainly, it spreads through your USB Pen Drives. Other ways are through Memory cards, Hard disks, Mobile phones etc. It has the capability of stealing your data. It can also download malware and others without your knowledge.

The thing is it is easy to remove shortcut virus from your affected computer with simple tricks. Read this scoop fully to know how to delete it completely from your device.

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Method 1: Command Prompt Method (Without using Software)

Warning: Do not try this method if you don’t know how to work with the Command Prompt. A single error leads your system to vulnerable. If you are not sure how the Command Prompt works, let try the other methods given below.

Open Command Prompt simply by using Run window.

Click ‘Windows Key + R’ to open Run window. Type ‘cmd’ and hit enter to open the Command Prompt window. Then, type any one of the commands given below.

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

or

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

Replace the drive ‘H’ with your infected drive and hit enter. It is one of the best ways to get rid of the shortcut virus.

Method 2: Manual Method (Without using Software)

Follow the below steps correctly to recover the files from the infected drive.

1. Open the infected folder whether it is your Pen Drive or hard disk or any.

2. Unhide all the files and folders inside the infected folder by clicking Options -> Folder options -> View -> select ‘show hidden files, folders and drives’ and unselect ‘Hide empty drives and Hide folder merge conflicts’.

3. A shortcut drive was unhid. Open it. Copy all the files and paste them outside.

4. Delete all the below mentioned files.

  • FOUND.000
  • desktop.ini
  • IndexerVolumeGuide
  • ScramblesWords file

A small video tutorial by ChiroTech is showed for the above method.

Method 3: Malwarebytes Method (Using Software)

Malwarebytes is an anti-malware software that finds and remove malware. It is available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and Android.

First, download the Malwarebytes software by clicking here.

Install the software and open it. Run a full scan of your device which was affected with this Shortcut Virus. During scan, it will automatically remove the virus from your computer and other malware if present.

Method 4: AutoRunExterminator Method (Using Software)

Download AutoRunExterminator Software from online. It is virus removal software specially made for pen drives.

After download, unhide all the files and folders inside the infected folder by clicking Options -> Folder options -> View -> select ‘show hidden files, folders and drives’ and unselect ‘Hide empty drives and Hide folder merge conflicts’ as we done in method 2 of step 2.

Now, open the software and run a complete scan on your computer to remove shortcut virus.

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