Thursday, December 16, 2010

How to remove shortcut virus and autorun.inf from your computer or removable drive

Recently, i saw many people have been report that their computer or removable drive has disk virus but they don't know how to remove this virus.Last month my sister's laptop has been infected by this virus.But its gone now :).This virus will slow down the computer performance by increasing the cpu usage and it has more bad effects.Many people that don't know how to solve this problem end up with formatting his/her computer or removable drive that may have chance to lose some important files.So i'm going to give you a tutorial on how to remove this shortcut virus from your computer or your removable drive.

1. Disabling the autorun.inf
    Its easy,you just need to remove it's contains
    Go to My Computer > Search > All files and folders > File name - autorun.inf , Look in - My Computer
    or the infected drive , More advance options - Check the Search hidden files and folders > Search
    Right click the autorun.inf > Ctrl + A > Backspace > Save and you're done! :)

2. Use an excellent antivirus and antispyware
    I recommend you to use there antivirus and Super Antispyware (Don't worry its free)
    i ) Click here to download Antivirus Avira Personal. Click here for Microsoft Security Essential.
   ii ) Click here to download Super Antispyware
  iii ) Scan your computer or the infected drive with these 2
       softwares.If you have more time, you can scan the whole
       system so that it can remove all the viruses and spywares
       in your computer :)
       Note: Please scan the software after it is downloaded :)

   3. Unhide hidden files and folders
       Manual Way:-
       Actually your files and folders are not lost. The virus has made the files and folders become super hidden.
       Go to My Computer > Tools Tab > Folder Options > View > Look for Hidden Files and
       Folders >
       Click at Show hidden files and folders > Check the Hide extensions for known file types and Hide
       protected operating system files > You can see the hidden files and folders now :)

       If that didnt work, you can try this step:
       Start > Run ( Command Prompt ) > Type in 'cmd' > Type the infected - F: >
       Type in 'attrib -r -a -s -h *.*' > The folders and files should be unhidden by now.
       Your results should be like this:

       Easy way:-
       Use the Hidden File Tool software to reveal the hidden files and folders.
       Click here to download the Hidden File Tool.
       Note: Please scan the files after it's downloaded :)
       After you've finished doing the manual or the easy way. The result should be like this picture:

As you can see, the virus name can be buoemx.exe,cxpoaxx.exe and others.Just delete the virus and the autoron.inf files and you're done! Your computer is cleaned from virus and spyware by now! :)
If you have anything to ask, feel free to leave a comment ^^


  1. adoi .. panjang nya cr .
    dh la aku neh xminat comp :P

  2. haha 3 step ja ermy :) lgpun yg unhide hidden files tu ada 2 cara ^^

  3. After removing this i can't open my documents folder their is shortcut sign is shown on this folder after removing. how i get back folder.... its is c drive... " documents and Settings" do you help me.

    1. Try this command

      attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:\*.*

    2. Thank you...very good work..

    3. This prompt always pops up whenever I try deleting the autorun.inf. "You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from TrunstedInstaller to make change this file." Kindly email me on my gmail account, I'm having a hard time how will I deal with this virus.


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  5. whenever i connect ma pen drive, apple device or any mobile on opening the drive of same it show the shortcut of ma name and the size of the drive like this ( sam (8gb)) and after clicking on the shortcut it open 's ma file on other window...

    plze help me by replying me on my mail id


    1. i also had same problem how do solve it?

    2. try this. open your device and then at the upper right part of the window, you'll see the search box. type ".*"(w/o the quotes) then click enter key.

  6. run cmd
    attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

    Note : g is the drive name

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  9. run cmd
    attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

  10. Replies
    1. u r great mate. thanks a lot. Worked Perfectly

    2. sorry i take back my reply worked for a sec but the virus reappeared

  11. its a free antivirus tool. particularly for this USB. dont worry 100% safe. no files will be lost.

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  15. try these steps:
    open the affected device
    on the window at the upper right corner, type this ".*" without the quotes. then type enter

  16. i was able to get back my files but again when i connect my memory card all my files gets converted back to shortcuts:(vat can i do???

  17. I can see the hidden files ..but when i try to remove them says cannot be deleted, being used

  18. it works.... but then a few seconds after the shortcuts are there again.... :(

  19. after i followed the commands, the files appear and another file appears too... its file name is VBScript... and when i tried to delete it and leave the original file.... after few seconds the shortcut comes back and my files are gone again .... i repeat the process thn stil the same happens.... what will i do.. [please help me]

  20. ya the same thing happen to me too...i tried the run-cmd thing, then my file appear and came out the VBS script(i believe is the virus) and suddenly all my file change back to short cut again. I already run my laptop system with 4 antivirus program and the same thing happen. When i plug another pendrive into my laptop, the file in the pendrive also turn to shortcut...OMG!!! this is so frus....can someone help me?

  21. hello
    I did try all above u said, even Shortcut Virus Remover v3.1, But no use when i Refresh my Laptop its become again short cut, thr are a file name "Cool" when ever i delete it its auto replace again, when i try to find autorun.inf via cmd prompt its said access denied :( don`t know what to do now?? also attrib doesn`t working ? pls help if u have better solution

  22. i have tried every thing and i deleted the shortcut files after doing the cmd step and the files keep coming back after a few seconds they just wont go away need help please !!!!!!!!!

  23. It is such an amazing article n very useful about virus removal . I have also read this type of post on how do i remove a virus from my computer. This way we can remove virus from pc with formatting

  24. If your PC is infected with virus and your system have no installed antivirus than you can also remove it manually through some steps.

    Remove Virus Without Antivirus

  25. simple step..just download the usb show! trust me! its a magic!

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  27. if the shortcut still come back...the usb show will do the job,..shortcuts folder is resulting by the autorun! if you use usb show..the autorun that being hide by the program will be revield/show,..then when you see the autorun shows,..delete it! tnx! thats all i can help,.. just download the usb show apps. on your computer,..tnx!


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