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How to Fix a MicroSD Card Infected With the Shortcut Virus

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Mary has experienced this SD card issue and was able to solve it without any problems.

Are you having trouble with your MicroSD card?

Are you having trouble with your MicroSD card?

Troubleshooting: Files and Folders Become Shortcuts in SD Card

As a digital device user, have you ever come across this weird situation with your MicroSD card? You connect the SD card from your digital camera or mobile phone to your PC. It is recognized by the computer, but when you attempt to access the files inside, all of the files and folders are now shortcuts!

If this happens to you, do not panic! This SD card issue is not that difficult to handle. Why? I have personally experienced the issue and was able to address it without any problems (for reference, I was using a Dell with Windows 7 at the time).

Keep reading for the reasons and fixes. Hopefully you'll recover all your original files.

Shortcut folders can be identified by a small arrow in the bottom lefthand corner.

Shortcut folders can be identified by a small arrow in the bottom lefthand corner.

What Cause Folders to Suddenly Become Shortcuts?

As you may have guessed, it is caused by malicious computer software or a virus!

In the properties of the folders, you will see that the shortcut is pointing to a 0x29ACAAD1.exe file, which my Kaspersky anti-virus software detected as Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.cvcu, a trojan virus.

Don’t be scared. As the old saying goes: “Where there is a problem, there is a solution!”

How to Fix the Shortcut Problem

  1. Connect your infected MicroSD card to a Windows-based computer.
  2. Click the Start button and select the Run option. Type cmd.
  3. Then type this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.* and press Enter. Note: The "f:" in the command refers to the drive for your MicroSD card, in this case the F: drive. If, when you open the "My Computer" window, the MicroSD card shows a different drive (for example, G:) remember to replace f: with the that drive letter.
  4. Now see if your files or folders turn back to normal. The normal files should appear in the drive window along with the bad shortcut files.
  5. To be sure your memory card is clean, copy your files onto a safe place on your computer or another disk. Format the memory card (warning: doing so will erase all files) and run a virus scan. Then, copy the rescued files back onto the card.

This worked for me. You too? Congratulations!

Illustrated Tutorial

First, type "cmd" into the Run box.

First, type "cmd" into the Run box.

Type the following in the command box: attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*

Type the following in the command box: attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*

You want your folders to look like the normal file folder on the right.

You want your folders to look like the normal file folder on the right.

If the Above Method Didn't Work, Try This!

If this didn't work, don't give up! The virus may have hidden itself quite well. Follow the steps below (credit to Jessica who contributed this solution from AnySoftwareTools) to see if you can get your MicroSD working again.

  1. Open the security software on your PC. (Don’t have one installed? The built-in Microsoft Security Essentials is free but not so powerful. I like MalwareBytes as it keeps both virus and malware away from my Dell. There are many more options available on the market.)
  2. Run the antivirus or anti-malware software, and let it have a thorough scan of your MicroSD card. Remove any malicious files it detects.
  3. Now check back on your SD card files and folders. Are they normal?

If this still doesn't work for you, go to the next step.

Clean your MicroSD with an antivirus scan.

Clean your MicroSD with an antivirus scan.

Your Last Resort: Format the MicroSD Card

Warning: Formatting a memory will likely erase everything on it, though you may have chance to recover some of the content.

  1. Plug your card into your PC. Under "My Computer" (or "This PC" if you use Windows 10), right-click the icon of the disk drive represented by your Micro SD card.
  2. In the context menu, select "Format..."
  3. Be sure to deselect "Quick Format" to run a complete format of the damaged disk.
  4. If your PC or digital device refuses to format it, go get this third-party formatting program called HP USB Disk Format Tool—it's totally free. It should work.
  5. Now all your files and folders are removed from the card. If they are important to you, you may rely on a recovery utility to get some of them back.
Formatting your MicroSD card will erase the files on it, but it will remove the bad shortcut files.

Formatting your MicroSD card will erase the files on it, but it will remove the bad shortcut files.

Video Tutorial

An example of a MicroSD card.

An example of a MicroSD card.

Be Careful! Protect Your MicroSD Card From Being Infected

Don’t want to suffer a similar problem with your folders turning into shortcuts in the future? Here are a few useful tips for SD card security:

  • Do not try to connect your card to too many computers, especially those you are not familiar with.
  • Perform regular PC health checks daily or weekly.
  • Make multiple backups of important data.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

What's Your Story?

Iam use on February 28, 2019:

Iam use by samsunng tab 3v ...

All redy format my sd card .......

Use my tab not sekses......

Watcan i do it now.......

Pls help me gys.......

Shankar on January 20, 2019:

Thanks ya...Now i m happy

Mark Anthony bondoc on December 29, 2018:

hello i have a problem with my micro sd card due to virus. may i know if we still have solution to remove the virus? thanks will wait for feedback

Rex T.Tailer on September 02, 2018:

My 32gb is infected with powerful virus,i tried formating it but it wont format bec. After restart the files come back again.please help im in trouble.

P. Ashokan. on July 16, 2018:

My memory is about 32GB sd card is being effected by heavy virus.. I want to delete the data but it does not formatted nor any antivirus detect that virus..When i Delete data thn after refresh data again comes automatically please help me I am in very trouble.

Kaka on May 27, 2018:

Iwant to remove virus

Debasish Das on May 16, 2018:

My memory is about 32GB sd card is being effected by heavy virus.. I want to delete the data but it does not formatted nor any antivirus detect that virus..When i Delete data thn after refresh data again comes automatically please help me I am in very trouble.

Manimala on May 15, 2018:

thanks a lot !! It really works

Rajeev Chauhan on February 22, 2016:

thanks dear its really work.

Hussain Amjad on September 26, 2014:

Hello every one.. My 4 GB sd card is being effected by heavy virus.. I want to delete the data but it does not formatted nor any antivirus detect that virus..When i Delete data thn after refresh data again comes automatically please help me I am in very trouble.

Bundle of thanks.

mat on September 16, 2014:

thanks for the tips.

i found the malware but under that name. zVJ5Ch.

Narvin! on September 15, 2014:

Hey! Thanks for helping me for my problem , i feel depressed in that shortcut files but it's done because of you. :) Thank you! More power!

Xelex1000 on August 16, 2014:

thanks,.. that helps to much...

Bijaykumar Sahoo from Cuttack, Orissa on August 13, 2014:

I was transferring a video clip to my mobile phone (Nokia 3600) from another Nokia phone via Bluetooth. Suddenly the screen of my phone my phone became blank and it didn't responded to any command and the phone automatically switched off. When I again tried it to switch on a blank screen again appeared and it again switched off. Then Iremoved the micro sd card from the phone and switched the phone on. Now the phone worked properly. How can I repair the card and recover the data from the virus infected card Can I try for scanning the card in my PC installed with Quick Heal Total Security Anti Virus ?

Afaque AHmed on August 08, 2014:

Thank You very much this really worked for me !

suneelphaniraj on July 28, 2014:

you're a lifesaver

thanks alot

MANOHAR on July 25, 2014:

You're really a genius. Thanks!!

ppp on July 18, 2014:

thanks it worked

Turab Ali Qureshi on July 15, 2014:

You're a life saver

harman singh on July 06, 2014:

it works fr me...

mhdmanoof on May 28, 2014:

how to doing pc formet

Art on May 28, 2014:

Thanks a lot.

exinco from Malaysia on May 24, 2014:

Really useful.thanks

Tarun Tandon on May 21, 2014:

Thank you so much... :)

leonyl on April 21, 2014:

thanks you help me...

Senthilkumar on March 24, 2014:

Very useful matter.. thank you

Alan on March 19, 2014:

Thank you very much!

Anand Ramprashad on March 06, 2014:

Thanks a million man!!

It's fixed with the command...... ")

Vasan on February 23, 2014:

Thanks!!! It helped.

arief on February 13, 2014:

Oh my god. Thank you so much, you save my work :)

Maddy on February 09, 2014:

thanks a lot for ur idea...

Akash on January 03, 2014:

Thanks, it works but how can I remove these shortcut permanantly?

Raghavendra on October 16, 2013:

Hello.

My SD card has the similar problem. I have tried all the steps given by you and it still creates a shortcut to the folders.

Is there any way to fix it permanently?

bhing on September 13, 2013:

Hi..Thanks so much for the info, it really helped. Though this info was supposed to be intended for SD users, it was still effective when I applied it on my flash drive..and my files really did recover. Your info was far effective than the other blogs, pages that say 'bout this. so Thanks again!More power,,

abdo on July 19, 2013:

thank you very mutch it worcked just fine .the first method i mean tha,ks again have a good day.

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