How to Recover Shortcut Photos?

“I went to trip along with friends and clicked plenty of photos over there. After returning home, I have transferred entire photos to my computer. Now, when I have opened the folder containing photos, all pictures have been turned to shortcuts. If I click upon specific photo, it does not display anything but a blank black window. Is there any possible way that will help me to recover shortcut photos? Hope to get positive answer”.

This is one of the examples for photo loss from your computer. The root cause for above issue is viruses. Not only do viruses slow down performance and steal personal information from your computer but they can also damage entire system or cause loss of files by turning it to shortcuts. Although anti-virus software as well as safe internet practices goes a long way to remove viruses, the risk of infecting vital photos on your computer is always present. Hence in such situation if you want to remove viruses then follow below steps:

  • Open command prompt function by pressing on “Windows + R” keys together
  • Type attrib -s -h *.* /s /d then press enter (here “D” specifies drive name)

Now, visit the drive that contained shortcut photos. You will find healthy photos along with shortcut photos. Select healthy photos and copy them to a safe location other than the original location. Soon after copying, delete shortcut photos from command prompt by typing “DEL” followed by file name. This will permanently remove shortcuts photos without harming your computer. However, the drawback of this method is, it will not help you to remove shortcuts from photos when they are severely infected. So, it is a good practice to keep backup of important pictures into external storage media or any other safe location. But one may always forget to keep backup of important photos. In such situation if you want to regain shortcut photos, you should restore them by downloading specialized photo recovery software on your Windows computer.

Getting back shortcut photos:

Yodot Photo Recovery software guarantees you to recover photos which have been turned to shortcut due to viruses. It will display photos according to its size, created date and name which will help to identify deleted photos without any glitch. In case you have different account in a single system then it will show each and every account and its files so that you need not waste your time by searching for specific files or folders. You are able to recover virus deleted photos with different file formats namely, JPG, BMP, WMF, TGA QTM, QFX, PSP, PBM, EPS, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TIF, PSD, WPG, SID, PIC, PCX, PCD, and many other pictures from storage devices formatted with FAT, NTFS, exFAT and Refs file systems. The user interface involved in the recovery is very easy and any person can use it to restore their files from internal and external storage devices compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

Step-by-step guide to recover shortcut photos:

  • Download the software and install it to your Windows computer
  • Soon after installation, run it to find out steps involved in the recovery
  • Main screen shows two options which are “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Choose “Deleted Photo Recovery” to regain shortcut photos
  • Select the drive from where you want to retrieve photos
  • Upon clicking on “Next” software starts scanning and displays recoverable files
  • Pick retrievable files from the list and once again click on “Next”
  • Preview media files and at last save them on a desired location

Instructions to safeguard photos:

  • Never connect infected external storage device to your computer as it might turn photos to shortcuts
  • Download antivirus software this is the good way to keep your computer virus free