My USB thumb drive got infected by a trojan virus. All folders in the thumb drive had become shortcuts!
From the properties, the shortcut folder is pointing to 0x29ACAAD1.exe file. Kaspersky detects it as Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.cvcu, and 35 out of 42 antivirus companies confirmed that it is a trojan virus – VirusTotal result.
Warning: Don’t double click the shortcut or you will execute the trojan virus.
Luckily, you don’t need a data recovery tool to fix this problem. The only thing that you need is just the command prompt.
Here I’ll show you how:
- Go to Start > Run.
- Type, “cmd” and click Ok.
Now type this command, and press Enter:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*
Note: Replace f: with your USB drive letter.
You will see two folders in the USB thumb drive. One is the shortcut, and the other one is the original folder as shown below.
Now copy the orginal folders to a safe place, and format your USB thumb drive. This to ensure that your thumb drive is completely free from the trojan virus, and don’t forget to scan your computer with antivirus too.
That’s all. Hope this help!
Btw, if your files and folders are suddenly missing/hidden in USB thumb drive, follow this trick to unhide them.
PS: If your PC still having problem, you can either scan your PC with antivirus or repair it to speed up by using Registry Easy.