How To Permanently Remove Shortcut Virus From Your USB Pendrive Or PC/Laptop

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Here is how you can remove the Shortcut Virus From Your USB Pendrive or computer/laptop permanently

Is your USB Pendrive, USB Stick, PC/laptop, computer, or hard disk creating unwanted shortcut files that appear again and again even after removing/deleting them?

IF the answer is yes then read on to permanently remove the Shortcut Virus. The Shortcut Virus or Shortcut Bug is one of the most infectious computer Trojan that you can find. At first glance, it may look like a small virus that doesn’t cause too much harm. That is one of the reasons, those infected with the Shortcut Virus usually don’t take any action. But do remember, the Shortcut Virus will keep on installing shortcuts on your flash drive, USB stick, or Pendrive till it is filled with shortcuts consuming your PC/smartphone/laptop resources.

You should, therefore, take the Shortcut Virus seriously. Many infected victims take it seriously and look on the internet to find a shortcut virus remover tool or tutorial to remove it from USB Pendrive or Computer. But that involves installing an unwanted tool on your computer/laptop. In this tutorial, we will show you how to remove the Shortcut Virus without any difficulty.

What is the Shortcut Virus?

Shortcut Virus is basically a worm. Shortcut Virus is also known as Houdini and has infected countless computers/smartphones/devices/USB Pendrives around the world. If you use a USB Pendrive from your friend or office colleague, chances are it is infected with the Shortcut Virus. The Shortcut Virus usually spread through USB peripheral devices including USB Pen drives, SD or MMC Memory Cards, Mobile phones, Digital Cameras, or external hard disks. It operated on the plug and play basis which means once you plug in the infected USB Pendrive into your device, you are infected.

Once you have completed copying a file to your device, if you notice any files showing a shortcut arrow in the preview, you are infected with the Shortcut Virus. Once you click the shortcut, it starts running a “.vbs” file/script which runs a series of tasks including making two copies of its code or registry key one for temporary use and other for start/restart.

This is reason that you may think removing the Shortcut file would solve the issue and lie back but find that the worm has appeared again when you restart your PC/laptop/smartphone/camera etc. The Shortcut virus not only spreads in your system, but it also starts looking for any peripheral devices connected to your PC/laptop and infects them.

What harm does the Shortcut virus cause?

While it may seem like an innocuous worm just installing shortcuts on your PC/laptop,  that isn’t the case. Once your device is infected by the shortcut virus it then connects to its C&C server, to obtain the commands and send the stolen information. If you are infected by the Shortcut virus, chances are that the hackers who have access to the command and control servers can access your confidential information and update the worm to prevent iyou from deleting it.

How to Remove shortcut Virus?

There are four methods to remove this worm from your computer/laptop completely. We are giving you step by step method so you can remove virus shortcut from your computer.

1 Remove Shortcut virus using Command Prompt or CMD or C:\\>

Here are the steps to remove the Shortcut virus using Command Prompt or CMD. Removing Shortcut Virus using Command Prompt is easy and removes the shortcut virus completely from your USB Pen drive, Memory cards, PC, Hard disk, and even smartphones. Just follow the steps given below

Go to Start -> Run -> cmd.

At the C:\\> enter the following command

ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D D:\*.* OR

ATTRIB D:\*.* /D /S -H -R -S

Replace the drive “E” with the desired/infected drive/pen drive you want to scan.  For eg; if you USB Pen Drive is infected and it connects to your PC/laptop through G: then replace the “D” with “G” in the above command.

Once it the D: lists all the hidden files, delete them through command prompt with Del *.* command. This will get rid of the dreaded Shortcut Virus

2. Remove Shortcut virus using Malwarebytes tool

Download Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware from the link provided here, Install and update it and then run a full scan of your computer/device it will automatically remove virus shortcut present in your computer.

3. Remove Shortcut virus using Autorun Exterminator tool

Step1: Connect the USB Pendrive or device infected by the shortcut virus and make sure every folder/file on the drive/device is visible and not hidden. To make the file/folder visible, open folder and search options–> view–>select show hidden files and folders–> apply changes.

Step2: Download Autorun Exterminator from the link provided here extract the folder and run the file which is named as “Autorun Exterminator” this will automatically remove shortcut virus from your device.

4. Remove Shortcut virus using USBFIX tool

Download the USBFIX tool from here and run it. Make sure to insert the infected device in your PC/laptop before you run the USBFIX tool to remove virus shortcut. 

Once you have installed the USBFix tool, run it and click on the Clean option. A popup message will appear asking to connect all your external data sources to your PC. Select the drive you want to scan and click OK. The USBFix tool will scan the drive for shortcut virus and remove it from your device.

Hopefully, one of the above methods helped you get rid of the pesky Shortcut Virus from your device.

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