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Fix Pen Drive Shortcut Problem

USB Shortcut problem is now becoming more & more common. Due to fault reasons, this problem automatically starts appearing in a Pen Drive. In this, after entering the USB Drive, a shortcut get appearing in place of the content files of the pen drive, to access the original data you have to further click the shortcut.

We can easily solve this using either by a software or using Command Prompt. I will discuss both the methods here:

Method 1. Using a Software

USB Fix is a great software to fix shortcut and other virus related problems in USB Drives. UsbFix is a free malware removal tool that helps you to detect and remove infected USB memory sticks or any other USB removable devices, such as external HDD’s, smartphones, digital cameras or other peripherals that connects to your computer or laptop via the USB port.
Key Features

  • Support offered directly from the software interface. You are able to post your issues on UsbFix’s forum.
  • UsbFix can detect and remove infections found on your removable devices.
  • UsbFix repairs the damaged files to your PC, such as: registry, hidden files, task manager etc.
  • Back-up support: UsbFix will backup your files and folders.
  • Vaccination option: UsbFix prevents future infections by creating new autorun.inf files on removable drives.


  1. Download USB fix and install it. (If your antivirus showing virus in this software then disable it for a few minutes)
  2. Close all the programs from taskbar, you are running, because when it start it auto close your all programs and you may lose your data.
  3. Connect all of your external storages to computer > Choose clean
  4. It automatically cleans your shortcut virus problems from all USB storages and don’t forget to restart your computer after using this tool because it make changes in windows directory and until you restart your computer, your computer will not work properly.



Method 2.  Using Command Prompt (cmd) 

  1. Press the Windows button and then in the run or search type “cmd”  and press enter. (To be simple “Start”  -> Run -> type cmd and click on OK.)
  2. Here I’ll assume your pen drive letter as K, and now enter the following command in the command prompt window. attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:\*.* (See the below screenshot. There should be a backslash after k in the above command. So please see the command in the below screenshot).
  3. You can just copy the above command  and paste it in the command prompt. To do that right-click in the Command Prompt and select paste because keyboard shortcuts won’t work and now press enter.
  4. Now check for your files in Pen Drive and I’m sure that they were all normal as before.



Don’t forget to replace the letter k with your pen drive letter.

Tips For avoiding Shortcut Virus

  • Don’t open USB before scanning
  • Don’t connect your storages to those computers who don’t have Antivirus Program
  • Avoid third party software’s
  • Keep up to date your antivirus program
  • Run boot time scans once in 2-3 weeks
  • Don’t open harmed websites

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