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Folders changing to application formats!

  1. #1


    India
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1

    Folders changing to application formats!


    Folders are constantly changing to applications in my usb.
    1.tried all possible ways
    2.tried the scan and cmd fix
    3.plz tell me a way to fix it.
    4.as soon as the copying is done and i replug the usb they all change into applications!
    plzz help asap i have to submit my schoolwork

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  2. #2


    Hi,
    Could please give us a screenshot i cant follow you exactly
    Thanks.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by midou35000 View Post
    Hi,
    Could please give us a screenshot i cant follow you exactly
    Thanks.
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  4. #4


    India
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    does this help?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails before.jpg   after.jpg  
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Vardhan,

    Do they still open like folders?

    If you copy them back to your desktop, do they show and behave as folders?
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by sri2000 View Post
    Folders are constantly changing to applications in my usb.
    1.tried all possible ways
    2.tried the scan and cmd fix
    3.plz tell me a way to fix it.
    4.as soon as the copying is done and i replug the usb they all change into applications!
    plzz help asap i have to submit my schoolwork

    Are you using any kind of Disk Compression, remember in XP is used to have "Compress your files to save space?"

    Check the Properties of your Hard Drive.
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  7. #7


    India
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    nope not at all!
    and since the folders size haev been changed to 665 kb or so i can't copy them completely.
    but i can open the app folder in the usb and then copy the contents
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by sri2000 View Post
    nope not at all!
    and since the folders size haev been changed to 665 kb or so i can't copy them completely.
    but i can open the app folder in the usb and then copy the contents
    Hi,
    Do you have any ISO file extracter or something like that if so uninstall it.
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  9. #9


    India
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    y?
    and i have been experiencing this problem even before that for almost a yr
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Hello Siri2000 - I got this or a similar virus also recently when I went to a CyberCafe to print out something from my USB key. It is fairly common.

    First thing to do is not panic.

    In my case MS Defender stopped the propagation but I was still stuck with everything being invisible on my USB and the attributes changed. In my case shorcuts like this - https://blog.jtlebi.fr/2013/11/21/an...helper-vbe-22/

    Go to file explorer, change the view so you can see hidden files and also uncheck "hide OS files by default". Then delete all the things you know are wrong - documents that are .exe or shorcuts, .vbs scripts etc. Then from CMD change back the attributes to normal. Essentially you want to open a admin command prompt, cd to your USB key and then type "attrib -s -h /s /d" - see here for more details... Change File Attributes, Create supper hidden folders in Windows using attrib.exe

    Then post a picture.

    Easiest if you don't care about the contents is to format it again though.
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