CMD or Command Prompt is a very useful tool available in all Windows versions. People don’t use CMD much these days as there are plenty of software’s available in the market for almost every task that you do. In DOS Operating system we didn’t had the Graphical user interface and all tasks were performed by running code lines. CMD is a very powerful tool that you can use to perform any task, from repairing a corrupt USB storage device to removing freaky virus that auto creates shortcuts in a USB storage device (eg. pen drive, flash drive, SD card etc.) and much more. Today in this guide we will show you a really simple way to detect and remove the virus from any storage device infected by Shortcut Virus.
What is a Shortcut Virus and How to Remove it
The most common infection is Flash drive Shortcut virus, then the File and Folder Shortcut virus. You may have noticed that these shortcut virus ends with either .EXE, .VBS. LNK or .INI file extensions. Following are the viruses that may be present in your USB storage or PC,
- Emsisoft – Trojan.VBS.TTE (B), Trojan.Generic.7206697 (B).
- ESET – VBS/Autorun.EY worm, Win32/Ramnit.A virus.
- Microsoft Security Essential – Worm:VBS/Cantix.A.
- McAfee – VBS/Autorun.worm.k virus.
- AVG – VBS/Worm.BH.
- Bitdefender – Trojan.VBS.TTE.
- ClamWin – VBS.Agent-35.
- Quickheal – VBS/Canteix.AK.
- Sophos – Troj/Agent-NXIMal/FakeAV-BW, Mal/Bundpil-LNK.
- ClamAV – W32.Trojan.Starter-2, W32.Exploit.CVE-2010_2568-1.
- Avira – W32/Sality.AB.2
- SmadAV – VBS.Serviks, Serviks.Shortcut, Ramnit.CPL and Bundpil.Shortcut.
You may think it as a small virus but be warned that this is a combination of trojan and worm. They hide the original files and creates shortcuts of the original files and folders present in the storage device. This leaves user no choice but to click on them and once you clicked them, they start executing and the virus starts to duplicate itself. It may install malicious software that could monitors your computing habit, keystrokes, steal your important data and credit card information. That’s the worst case scenario. You should never open your portable devices or hard drive via autorun or from “My Computer”. Make it a good habit, it’ll save you from unwanted and unknown trojan attacks.
Also never ever try to open any shortcut file if present in any external storage device you connected. Sometimes, antivirus are not able to detect these kind of viruses, and in that case you can use this simple guide to remove any shortcut virus present in the drive.
Method 1: USING COMMAND PROMPT or CMD
Step 1: Click “start“, “run“, “type CMD” or Press Windows button and “R” key and type cmd, hit enter.
Step 2: Now find the drive letter of infected external storage device. eg. if it’s D type D: and hit enter.
Step 3: Now type attrib d:*.* /d /s -h -r -s You should see that your files are now accessible and Shortcut Virus has been removed.
Please change D: after the attrib with your flash disk drive letter; if your flash drive letter is E: or F: then change it with E: or F:.
Method 2: Using USBFix Tool
USBFix is a USB utility software developed to disinfect and remove virus from the infected Flash drive or portable devices. It also helps you clean your computer partitions to look and delete any traces of the virus. This tool requires installation in order to disinfect a SD card, flash drive or any external drive. It’s a completely safe open source tool which gets regular updates (latest update released 2016 version already.
- Download USBFix here.
- To remove shortcut virus simply click the “vaccinate” and it will handle rest which is automatic.
Protect PC from Virus for free
I personally take very good care about my PC and recommend 360 Total Security which is a totally free Antivirus program available for Windows. It regularly checks your PC for any infections and protects you from online threats and malwares. It also gives you overall web protection and also works as system optimizer. I use it on my PC too. Comes with Sandbox, that let’s you can run doubtful programs without affecting your system. There is another tool that can prevent shortcut virus from coming back and it’s called SmaDav. You can also use Malwarebytes for regular scans.