How to remove Shortcut Virus

This brief article will help you to get rid of Shortcut virus. Here you will find the information about its ways of penetration and the purposes of its activity.


Shortcut virus is a pretty complex program that actually hides more threats that you can see. Here we will explain to you how exactly does Shortcut virus work, and what you should and shouldn’t do to resolve this issue with minimal harm. If you’re not interested in all this information – you better skip it all and proceed directly to the removal instructions.


Shortcut virus example


Fortunately, the age of the vandal programs of all sorts is gone, but some of you might remember the time when it was kinda cool to give your friend a flash drive with a script that formats C or to post a string of code that does something similar on forums. Many users think that Shortcut virus is of similar sort: it infects the PC and just removes all files from it, and from all other infected data storage mediums. These users are wrong: this virus works in other way and has other goals. First of all, the data are still there, on your PC or a flash drive, but they’re invisible. The only visible file on an infected drive is the shortcut that leads to a drive itself, creating an endless loop.


We’re damn sure that most of the users tried to click on that shortcut file, and did it not once, but many times. For the first glance, it’s just a shortcut, but it’s not. Except for the shortcut function, this file can execute any other virus that might be placed on your computer before or might go in one bundle with the Shortcut virus. There were many cases of spyware installation through programs of this kind, but the distributed virus might be actually anything, starting from regular adware and ending with BTC miner. Currently, Shortcut virus is distributing a Trojan (e.g. Xsocks.exe) that helps other viruses to enter the system and manages their operation afterward. Basically, the Shortcut virus’ purpose is to lure your attention and make you think that it’s the main threat, while it isn’t. The virus, of course, could remove the data, but it would not do that because in that case, nothing stops a user from formatting a hard drive and reinstalling Windows to remove it.

How to remove Shortcut virus

Let’s sum up: your files are alright, we know how to make them visible again, and it’s pretty simple. We’ve developed simple and effective instructions to help you remove Shortcut virus from your device. Stick to them, and the problem will be solved within fifteen minutes.


Step 1. Launch command prompt

  • Press Start
  • Type Cmd.exe and press Enter

Step 2. Choose needed flash drive

  • Type Cd F: (if you need F driver)
  • Press Ok

Step 3. Change drive attributes

  • Typeattrib f:*.* /d /s -h -r -s
  • Press Ok





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