How to remove USB shortcut viruses in Windows PC/Notebook/USB

Remove PC/Notebook/USB shortcut viruses

The direct access virus usually has two forms:

USB shortcut viruses in Windows

Direct access virus Flash drive and folders, both viruses will make USB drives or folders become shortcuts making their files inaccessible, so users will surely suffer a serious problem of loss of information and even huge economic losses.

So…what can be done and how to fix the direct-access virus infection? Read on and you’ll have answers here.

Methods Available to Help Remove Virus from Direct Access PC in Windows 

Method 1.Clean up direct-access viruses using CMD

Please note

be very careful when using the CMD command line is that incorrect use of CMD can cause serious results.

  1. Click Start and type CMD into the search box and press Enter to open the command prompt;
  2. Type the drive letter of your hard disk partition or USB flash drive into PC and press Enter; (G for example.)
  3. Type attrib g:*.* /d /s -h -r -s and press Enter.

You can view your files on your PC or USB flash drive.

Remove Direct Access Viruses with Antivirus Software or Virus Removal Tool

If you need a double warranty, you can download and install an antivirus program to clean all direct-access viruses from your Windows 10/8/7 PC and external storage devices, etc. Below you will see a list of antivirus software and tools, you can select one or more to test:

Trojan Removal Tool;
Shortcut virus fixfolder;
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, etc.

Remove Virus Shortcut Virus through Regedit.exe

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Click Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run; Here, look for any suspicious file names, you can search online for suspicious file names and then delete those known as viruses.

Be careful not to remove any important process that is not a virus. The direct-access virus often finds its way into the startup applications on your PC.

Press Win + R, type: msconfig > Click OK;

On startup, uncheck everything except the antivirus software.

Click OK > Click Restart Now.

How do you recover files after removing direct-access viruses?

After removing the virus from direct access PC or USB, there is still one thing to do, is to restore all data lost due to infection by this virus.

If you follow Method 1 to remove the direct-access virus using CMD, you will be able to recover all data.

If you still can’t access data stored on your PC or other storage devices, don’t worry! The powerful EaseUS  Recovery Wizard helps you recover everything you’ve lost due to deletion, formatting or virus attack in 3 easy steps.

Below you can download it for free and follow the guide below to try to recover your lost data after removing the direct access virus from your PC.

Safe and without
pluginDownload time
: 1 ~ 2 minutes

Downloadinstall and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Select the storage location (either a local disk or an external device) where you lost the data and click the “Scanbutton.

ScanFirst this data recovery software will do a quick scan on the selected location to search for deleted data, once completed will start another in-depth analysis to find more lost data that have lost their routes or names.

The time it will take depends on the storage capacity. Wait patiently until it’s over.

Preview and RecoverAfter finishing the entire scanning process, you can search for what you want in several ways detailed in the following screenshot.

In addition, it allows you to preview all recoverable data, then select those files you want and click the “Recoverbutton to recover them all at once.

Here you must save all recovered files in another location instead of the original to avoid data overwriting.

Tips to help you find the data you want:

Filter: a quick way to search for desired files by different types.

Custom search: search directly for the file name or type.

RAW files: search for files that lose names or paths.

Partition Lost: search for formatted files.

After successfully recovering data, you can clean the storage device that was infected by the direct-access virus and then format it to reuse it to store important data.

What do you do when your PC, laptop, USB or SD card are infected by the direct access virus?

If you’re looking for a way to clean the direct access virus from your computer, laptop, hard drive partition, USB drive or SD card or devices, or you know what to do with the direct access virus, here are some tips to prepare your device to remove the direct access virus:

  1. Install antivirus software on your PC;
  2. Find a reliable data recovery software in case of data loss problem (if necessary).

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