How to Recover Files Infected With Shortcut Virus

“Hi, I have got a problem with my pen drive. It was working properly before I used it on my office computer. Last day I moved software from office PC to install it on another system. When I was using pen drive on my computer at home, few files on it are showing icons of shortcut files; when I clicked on these shortcut files, files were not opening. These files which turned into shortcuts are very important to me as they are related to my work. Please help me to get back access to files in my pen drive. Thanks in advance.”

You will get the same situations faced by people and posted in some blogs about their problems as given here. In above situation, the files might have got corrupted due to virus infection. The computer from which you had moved software might have not protected against viruses and shortcut virus might have entered into the system. The shortcut virus hence moved into your pen drive when connected to the computer. If you had any crucial data in files or folders which turned to shortcut then you start panicking. Do not bother as there is a way to get over this problem. You can use any effective file recovery software to get back lost files due to short cut viruses.

Firstly you can try removing the viruses using any efficient antivirus software. Based on the type of anti-virus used, shortcut virus is detected with different identities. Shortcut virus is also known as “Houdini”; when it invades your devices, it steals data from the devices and used by the hackers. Therefore it is necessary to fix this issue as soon as possible. You have to fix all the threats that are detected after scanning using anti-virus software on PC. If still you cannot access certain essential files on pen drive, then most appropriate solution is to use good file recovery tool

File recovery after shortcut virus infection:

Yodot File Recovery software is good option to restore files after shortcut virus on computer. It has simple user interface and blazing fast recovery process. You can get back different file types such as photos, videos, audios, documents, etc. on your PC. It supports data retrieval from pen drives, memory cards, external hard drives, internal hard drives and storage media after shortcut virus infection. Yodot not only helps during virus infection but it also provides procedure to restore data on power outage, file system corruption, format error, file transfer error and in number of other situations. This utility is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. It supports data restoration from storage drives formatted with NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32 and exFAT file systems.

Procedural steps to recover files lost due to short cut virus:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery and install it on your computer
  • Connect the device to the system if you want to retrieve files from external devices
  • Then run installed tool to get main screen
  • Select “Lost File Recovery” option from main screen
  • Choose icon of drive from which files are to be recovered and click on “Next”
  • Select file types, if you are looking for particular types of files and click on “Next”; otherwise click on “Skip” option to restore all file formats on the drive
  • The application starts scanning according to the inputs given to it and completes the process in few minutes
  • The result can be viewed in two views namely “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Select a file to preview it using “Preview” option on software screen
  • Save recovered files on a location of any drive on computer except scanned drive using “Save” option


  • Keep your PC clean from viruses by installing powerful anti-virus software in it
  • Scan external devices on your computer before opening them
  • Do not visit malicious websites while using internet on your computer