How to solve Folders Showing as Shortcuts, Hidden in USB/Memory-Card/HDD

By connecting flash drives to the affected computer, often it shows flash drive containing just some folder's shortcuts. Sometimes it shows nothing though drive's properties show it has files in it. Even we get some inaccessible folder or file. This type of problem may also seen in our local drives (HDD partitions). Even paid anti-virus is unable to resolve those folders, they just scan and detect The AUTORUN worm which one will execute all programs. Then our important files remain hidden.    Hidden folders and Shortcuts by the Autorun Worm like brontok it hides the original file then create a shortcut with a code of it self for them to be executed.Some thread of that virus download its other parts from some websites for them to be complete.

To remove such virus follow the steps:

  1. Open administrative command prompt.

  • Go to your pen-drive drive letter. Suppose your USB disk is F:. Type F: and press Enter
  • Now type the below command to remove system file, hidden read-only attribute
  • attrib -s -h -r /s /d *.*
  • Delete Autorun.inf from USB – Disk.
  • This makes all files visible and you are now able to delete them .
  • del *.lnk
  • Now to remove the shortcuts from pen-drive , Check the size of any One or Few Shortcuts, all be same.
  • Delete suspicious files, on errror check task manager for process with same name or any suspicious process and end it.
  • Open Explorer and right Click on Pen-drive , Click Open.
  • Search with Advance Search for all files of same size in Pen-drive.
  • Select All and Delete

  • OK then open Drive in new window and Check “autorun.inf”  If you found,then Remove it. Now you can see one Folder. open it (the folder most of the time has no name or _ )

    Here we will see how can we solve this problem by using command line and batch file. Though the batch file is nothing but the executable file contains command lines. So solving the hidden and shortcut problem of USB or drives, we must have the administrator privilege as we will execute something.

    Using Command line: To solve/fix the folder's hidden or system file, the easiest way is to run a command line. You can apply this command to USB and local drive as well, need to change the drive_letter.  Suppose your USB disk is F:. Type F:
    Go to Run, type cmd and hit enter. In command prompt just type:
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d drive_letter:\*.* 
    And hit enter.

    Be sure you've typed the drive letter (e.g. j:,h: or D:) instead of "drive_letter" in the command line. My USB drive letter is F: and my command should looks like:    Command for unhide system-hidden files on a drive All files and folders will be normal and you should be able to delete the shortcuts, created by the virus.

    Command line details: Here atrib=attribute, "-"=remove attribute/permits, h=hidden s=system, r=read-only, a=archive, /s=sub directory, /d=directory, drive_letter=the letter of the drive shown in windows explorer (e.g. j:,h: or D:) and *.* is called the wild card for all files.If you don't like to be a "command Ninja" then see below. 

    USB, MicroSD, MiniSD or other Memory Cards issue:
    1. Connect your USB or memory card to the PC or laptop.     
    2. Copy these lines and paste it into a "new text file"  @echo off attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d drive_letter:\*.*
    3. In the 3rd line give the drive letter name (Example: F orJ or K or L etc.) instead of "drive_letter"
    4. Save the text file as any_name.bat
    5. Double click on the any_name.bat file and it will run in the command prompt and see the hidden files/folders come back. 

    6. Delete the shortcuts and unnecessary files and folders from USB drive.

    Local drive hidden file issue: 
    1. Copy these lines and paste it into a "new text file" 
    @echo off 
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d D:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d E:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d F:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d G:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d H:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d I:\*.*
    attrib -h -s -r -a /s /d J:\*.*
    @echo complete. 

    2. Save the text file as a bat file (example: any_name.bat) 
    3. Run this bat file by double-clicking on it. Thus you can solve this kind of problems with a *.bat file. You can save the *.bat file for solving this hidden problem. 

    Important: These tutorials are applied for Windows 7/Vista/xp nad the latest Windows 10. You must have the administrative privilege to run the command or execute the .bat file. Put the " : " after the j, k, or D (drive letters). These commands are not case sensitive.


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