How to Remove Shortcut Virus from USB/SD Card and Computer – (2020)

Shortcut Virus Remover tool is a free tool which helps us to remove shortcut virus from Pen Drive/USB Flash Drive, SD Card, Computer/Laptop running Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Xp. Shortcut Virus primarily affects files which are stored in the particular device and hide them. Shortcut Virus initially started spreading through the Internet and later on, it started spreading through removable media including pen drive and sd cards. I will explain more about it later.

There are hundreds of varieties of Virus in Computer and Removable Media and Shortcut Virus is one of kind. More precisely we can call Shortcut Viruses as Malware or Shortcut Malware. Now a question will arise in your mind, what type of files are affected by this virus? Well, This kind of virus affects pretty much every single type of file. No matter what sort of file it is. Whether it be an Exe file, MP4, MP3 or an Installer file, it affects all.

Remove Shortcut Virus

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Which are the Devices affected by this Virus?

Shortcut Virus affects a lot of devices including,

  • Pen Drive
  • USB Flash Drive Stick
  • All sort of Memory Cards
  • Internal and External Hard Drives
  • DVD/CD which is rewriteable
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • All types of Computer running Windows OS

So, these are the devices that are directly attacked by this kind of Shortcut viruses. If your device is already affected by Shortcut virus and you have lost some of your important data on it, then see the guide to Recover Deleted Files.

Shortcut virus even leads to permanent damage to pen drive in the form of Write Protection. I have personally encountered with this problem 2 times and both these times I was not able to fix the pen drive. If something like this happens then it means you lost it forever. So, it is always better to stay away from Shortcut virus than fixing it after the Pendrive is affected.

What is Shortcut Virus?

As mentioned earlier, Shortcut Virus are simple malware that continuously keeps on creating Shortcuts of actual files and then hide the original file from the device. Space occupied the file will be still in use at the Pendrive. Let’say that file of size 5GB has been affected by Shortcut virus and this has been hidden and your pen drive capacity is around 8 GB, then there will be only 2-3 GB balance available on the Pen Drive. This type of shortcut virus usually comes to your computer when you try to transfer files from a removable media which is already affected by shortcut virus. Shortcut virus is some kind of tricky programs that will hide your actual files and folders and create dummy shortcut instead.

How Shortcut Virus Originated and Spread?

Well, Shortcut virus were originated and spread through the Internet. Initially, at the time when Shortcut virus was originated, it was spread through the Internet. Later on, pen drives and other devices which are already affected by the malware, when used on another computer, they also get affected. Afterward, when any other device is connected to the affected computer than the other devices also get affected by it. This chain continues and a large number of computer s and devices will be affected by this malware.

Now that you got basics about shortcut virus, let’s jump right into the removal methods.

Example of how Shortcut Virus affected your Device:

Example of Shortcut virus

Remove Shortcut Virus from Pendrive, SD Card, Computer

I will share a few working methods to quickly remove shortcut virus from your computer or any other removable media.

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Using Command Prompt (CMD)

In this method, we will be using the built-in program called CMD or Command Prompt. The best part about this method is that you are not required to download any third party software or apps to make this method work.

.Bat are some kind of execution files. Anyone can create .bat files using simple note editor like Notepad. In case if the above CMD method didn’t work for you then you can try this one. Another thing that makes this method most easier is that it will delete the shortcut virus from all of your hard drives in a go.

Step 1: Open Notepad

Step 2: Now type the below-given code into notepad

Code Snippet

@echo off

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d Drive-Name:*.*

@echo complete

Step 3: Replace Drive-Name with your Drive letter.

Step 4: Click on File and Save.

Shortcut Remover Batch File

Step 5: Give it a name like Removeshortcutvirus.bat or any name which has a .bat extension at the end of the name.

Step 6: Now double click on the file and open it.

Step 7: Now it will automatically remove shortcut virus from your computer.


Here is the second method using CMD itself.

Step 1: Open CMD (Command Prompt) by pressing Win Key + R and type “cmd” then click enter

Step 2: Now, type the below-given code into CMD window

attrib -h -r -s /s /d Drive-Letter:\*.*

Step 3: From the code, change “Drive Letter” to drive path of the particular storage media and hit Enter

Step 4: It will take some time, wait for it

Step 5: Once done, it will remove shortcut virus and everything will be back to normal including your files.

Using Shortcut Virus Remover

You can use the ready to use software called “Shortcut Virus Remover” tool to quickly remove the virus. In this method, you will have to download a program from the link below. This method will be convenient for those who can not understand or implement the CMD trick.

Step 1: Download the USB FIX Tool or the Shortcut Virus Remover from the link below.

Download Shortcut Virus Remover

Step 2: Once downloaded, open the USB Fix Shortcut Remover tool

Step 3: Now, a security pop up will appear, just click the Yes button

Step 4: Now, the USB Fix window will open up

Step 5: Click the option called “RUN AN ANALYSIS”

Shortcut Virus Remover

Step 6: From the next set of menu, select the device which is having the virus

USB Fix Tool Download

Step 7: Run the analysis and remove the shortcut virus easily.

That’s it…

Alternate Virus Remover

Step 1: Download Shortcut Virus Remover tool from HERE.

Step 2: Open it (No need to install)

Step 3: Click on Pendrive option or Computer option as per your requirement.

Shortcut Malware Remover

Step 4: Now select Drive and click on the Scan button.

Step 5: wait for the process to be complete.

Step 6: Once scanned it ill show folders which are affected then just click on the Delete button.

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That’s it guys, this is exactly how we remove shortcut virus from any drive including Pendrive, Computer, Laptop, SD Card, CD/ DVD, Etc. If you don’t want to download any third party software then the first method is something that you should give a try. All you want is just CMD. If you want to make things much simpler then the second and third methods will be best for you guys. Because it requires no coding. Be sure to comment on your doubts and I will catch you at the soonest.

Astro K Joseph
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