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How To Remove Shortcut Virus From Pen drive

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    Default How To Remove Shortcut Virus From Pen drive

    Pen drives are a common device used by many people and they often encounter problems too. Apart from normal files, photos, videos, songs people also store important data in pen drives too. Sometimes a common problem that occurs is that folders only show up as shortcuts in Windows, and if you try to open these folders you will not be able to and instead will get an error, and this indicates that there is a virus in your pen drive.

    In order to get back your folders and remove the shortcuts you need to do the following:

    First insert the USB drive to the computer and press the Win key + R which would then open the Run ox. You then need to type in 'cmd' and press enter.

    A command prompt will open, and now you need to open your drive letter, you need to type the drive letter and press enter.

    Now you need to type 'del *.Ink' and press enter

    By doing the above you will retrieve your folders.

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    This will remove the links to the hidden system folder on ur pen drive, which houses the virus, but will not remove the virus itself.

    Also, you will need to make the hidden folders and files visible again, to do this, type in the following command in the cmd window,
    "attrib -h-s-a-r /s/d" without the quotes, while the drive points to your pen drive's drive letter.

    To prevent this virus, always disable autorun on removable drives. Google.com on how to achieve this for your OS.

    Also, use a good antivirus for removing any virus. I have been using avast for over 8 years, and have never suffered a virus/worm/trojan infection.

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    I used to have Avast but was suggested by a friend to move to Bit defender as it us better than Avast. I've got another two months until renewal do you think I should go with Avast or stick with Bit defender ?

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    Another way to prevent getting infected by pendrive viruses in the first place is to use a pen drive having a physical write protect switch like this one or use a USB Write blocker.

    BTW: I have been using Comodo Internet Security for more than 5 years and another plus point is that it is totally free. Viruses spreads mainly due to human callousness than the effectiveness of a security product.

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    A system infected with this virus generally show two "winlogon" instead of one, with the virus exe file running from a folder named "user"+"1", where "user" is the normal windows user account name. It is impossible to get rid of this file while running on windows. Even the CMD command does not help. The infected USB drive has a hidden .exe virus file also.
    The easiest way get rid of this is to create a live LINUX USB drive from an unaffected PC and boot from this drive, then mount the hard disk and search and delete the file. The infected USB drive can also be mounted on another USB port to delete all .lnk files as well as the virus file that remains hidden in the USB drive.
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    Is there any particular way to find out if your pen drive has a virus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raks View Post
    Is there any particular way to find out if your pen drive has a virus?
    Ummm, Antivirus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeev View Post
    I used to have Avast but was suggested by a friend to move to Bit defender as it us better than Avast. I've got another two months until renewal do you think I should go with Avast or stick with Bit defender ?
    I forgot one thing while saying AVAST in my earlier post. Use an antivirus along with some user common sense.
    In my system, I use Win7, continuously use internet, and also, do a lot of RnD for software development. Thus I have to install and uninstall a lot of programs every now and then. In spite of this, I have not had a virus / trojan / worm related incident for a long long time, about 6-7 years (was previously using WinXP).

    Keep all applications, and the OS updated. Use a good antivirus, doesn't matter which, just an AV. It also has to be kept up to date. Disable autorun on all removable media. Periodically use a malware/spyware scanner. Use a rootkit detection tool. Preventing usb autorun is easy in windows 7, in windows XP, you need a registry mod, or use some free tools like USB AntiAutoRun, like this one from USB ANTI AUTORUN.

    We may download a lot of stuff, install uninstall a lot of programs and games, and use an umpteen number of pen-drives from friend's who use them carelessly in college labs, office computers and cyber-cafes. We need to be wise and use just a little bit of common sense to prevent an infection.
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