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:
- 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.
- Run this command
attrib -s -r -h *.* /s /d /l
- Open an explorer window, navigate to your usb drive and search for
- You will see your files on search results. Right click one of them and select
"Open Containing (Destination) Folder".
- Navigate to top folder containing all your files and move them to your desktop
- Now that you saved your files, it is safe to format your usb drive.
- Right click on USB drive and select
Quick Formatand press
- Restore your files from Desktop back to your usb drive
And for reference here is a list of all files added by the virus:
E:Removable Drive (16GB).lnk E:ÿ E:System Volume Information E:ÿ--_-_-----____------___------_____-_---_____-__-_--____.--_-_-----____------___------_____-_---_____-__-_--____ E:ÿdesktop.ini E:ÿIndexerVolumeGuid E:System Volume InformationIndexerVolumeGuid E:System Volume InformationWPSettings.dat
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