What to do when files and folders in flash drive become shortcuts

My files and folders in my USB drive turned into shortcuts last week. I was shocked as I didn’t had backup and USB drive has my personal and official sensitive data.

Clear indication that my USB drive was infected with virus trojans or worms. I recovered the data after some hit and trial.

Seems to you similar situation? It happens quite often to everyone. The solution is to try one or all of the following methods.

Method 1. Unhide the Folders and Files

The virus hides the folders and files. The aim is to make them visible again as they are not deleted unless the drive is formatted.

1. Run command: In XP click Start > type Run > type cmd this will open the commend box.

In higher versions of Windows Press and hold Windows key and press R in the dialog box type cmd and click OK.

2. In the command box enter attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.* Please note that I have assumed G as removable USB drive. You must change the letter accordingly as per your drive. Hit enter.

Now you should be able to see your files and folders. Delete the junk visible other than your data.

If the problem is not resolved then try the below methods.

Method 2. Run anti virus and anti malware program

1. Run some good anti virus program installed in your system. AVG, Avira, Comodo, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton are some of the good antivirus which should get rid of virus.

2. Download and install Malwarebytes. Perform full scan. This will get rid of malware of your USB drive.

Methos 3. Run good data recovery program.

If the problem is not resolved by the above methods, then you need to run good data recovery program. There are numerous data recovery programs available which are free and very efficient to recover the lost or deleted data.

You may download one of the free program and recover your files and folders – Recuva, Puran, Glary Undelete, Pandora Recovery, Softperfect File Recovery, EaseUs data Recovery, Wise data Recovery, FreeUndelete.

These methods should recover your data. If not, then the problem might be severe and its time to take professional help.

Sara Ali

Sara Ali

I am a bubbly young woman Sara Ali. I love and enjoy life to the fullest. I am network programmer and tech enthusiast. I love writing and keep exploring the unknown. I am the technical editor of VirginWords and brain behind this multi-author blog. My motto: Work hard, party harder.

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