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disk directory seen as a shortcut

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    windows 8

    disk directory seen as a shortcut


    hey, I have a certain problem. I inserted my USB drive into someone's Pc, and immediately after, it was seen as shown here. Attachment 41647. when I inserted it back to my computer, it was the same thing, how do I solve this. thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I think you may have picked up the usb shortcut virus. There are instructions to clean it here (which worked for me)
    https://blog.jtlebi.fr/2013/11/19/an...neshelper-vbe/
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You have 2 threads with the same question - you should close one - I replied to one and Count Mike to the other

    In any case I had this virus (in fact I get it every time I go to my local internet café to print something) and cleaning it is pretty easy. In fact now I don't even bother - I just immediately reformat my USB key. Please put a screen print of the properties of the shortcut just to confirm.

    Assuming it is the same ituneshelper.vbs virus you need to:

    Stop the wscript.exe process.
    Delete ituneshelper.vbs from system32
    go to command prompt and enter attrib -h -r -s /s /d x:\*.* (where x the drive letter of your usb)
    Delete all the shortcuts and any vbs scripts from the usb
    copy the contents to your PC
    reformat your usb and copy the data back.

    As this happens so often to me I have a USB solely for using outside my house. Defender stops your PC getting infected (and therefore propagating it) but it can't stop your USB key getting corrupted on someone else's PC.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 16
    windows 8


    Thanks alot Adamf for the details. i have done exactly that, and it worked.
    I think I am in this forum to learn and stay. cheers.
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