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How to remove usb virus that hides all files and creates a link

USB viruses are one of the most common virus types and I recently caught one on my pendrive. It is a virus that hides all the files on your drive and creates a link named “Removable Drive (16GB).lnk”. However, this virus is not as scary as it seems. It doesn’t delete your files or encrypt them. Instead, it creates a hidden folder and moves all the files into that folder. Here I will show you how to remove this virus from your drive.

Here are the steps to remove usb virus that hides all your files from your usb drive:

  1. Open a command prompt and navigate to your drive by typing drive letter and semicolon like F: then press ENTER. Use your own drive letter here.
  2. Run this command attrib -s -r -h *.* /s /d /l
  3. Open an explorer window, navigate to your usb drive and search for ".".
  4. You will see your files on search results. Right click one of them and select "Open Containing (Destination) Folder".
  5. Navigate to top folder containing all your files and move them to your desktop
  6. Now that you saved your files, it is safe to format your usb drive.
  7. Right click on USB drive and select Format..
  8. Select Quick Format and press Start
  9. Restore your files from Desktop back to your usb drive

And for reference here is a list of all files that were added by the virus:

E:\Removable Drive (16GB).lnk
E:\System Volume Information
E:\System Volume Information\IndexerVolumeGuid
E:\System Volume Information\WPSettings.dat

I hope this solution solved your problem. If you like this post follow me on twitter for more tips.

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