How to permanently remove Shortcut Virus from a Pendrive


How to completely delete Shortcut Virus from your Pendrive/USB drive

A shortcut file is a link that points to a program on the computer. These Shortcut files allow you to create links to programs in any folder, Start bar, Taskbar, desktop or other locations on the computer. A shortcut in Windows has a small arrow in the bottom left corner of the icon. Shortcut files end with a file extension of .lnk.

A shortcut is useful for accessing software programs or files more easily. Having a shortcut on the Windows desktop eliminates the need for users to look through the Start menu Programs list to find a specific software program. A shortcut also makes it quicker to open a file and not have to dig through folders on the computer to find a file.

What is a Shortcut Virus?

Shortcut virus is a virus that Enters into your Pen drive, PC, Hard Disk, Memory cards or Smartphones and changes your files into shortcuts with the original folder icons. The logic behind your folder becoming shortcuts is that this virus hides your original folders/files in the same removable media and creates the shortcut with the same name.

Computer Virus infection is only removed through antivirus programs as you know, but this time we are talking about Shortcut Virus which is a new modern virus that automatically comes in your computer/USB/SD card and converts your content into a shortcut. Some time this virus also invisible your all contents.

This Virus Spreads by plugging your Pen Drive in some Shortcut virus affected PC or plugging in Pen Drive in your PC which is affected by this Shortcut Virus.

How to Remove Shortcut Virus from Pen Drive

Method 1: Remove Shortcut Virus using Virus Remover Tool

Open Google Chrome or any other browser and go to this link and download the shortcut virus remover software.

Put the software in the flash drive or external hard disk where this problem resides.

NOTE: Don’t use it in internal hard disk because it affects shortcuts and will delete every shortcut on your internal hard disk.

Double click the software after placing it in the flash drive and problem solved, ENJOY.

The Software automatically cleans your shortcut virus problems from all USB storage. After the software cleans the virus you need to restart your PC because it makes changes in the windows directory and until you restart your PC, your PC will not work properly.

Method 2: Remove shortcut virus using Command Prompt (CMD)

Press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).

How to permanently remove Shortcut Virus from a Pendrive

Now type your Pen drive address (For example F: or G:) and hit Enter.

Type “del *.lnk” (without quote) in cmd window and hit Enter.

How to permanently remove Shortcut Virus from a Pendrive

Now type the following command in cmd and hit Enter:

attrib -s -r -h *.* /s /d /l

Wait for the process to finish and this will fix the shortcut virus problem with your Pen Drive.

Method 3: How to Permanently Remove Shortcut Virus from Computer

Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and go to process tab.

Look for the process Wscript.exe or any other such process and right-click then select End Task.

Press Windows Key + R then type “Regedit” and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following registry key:


Look for the registry key “odwcamszas.exe” and right-click then select Delete. Sometimes it is possible that you won’t find the same key but look for junk values that do not do anything.

Reboot your PC to save changes.


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