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We have to insert our pendrive (flash drive) at cyber cafes or other public places. So, it is almost impossible for us to ensure that systems we plug into are malware-free. As a result, we experience a recurring problem of our pendrives becoming infected.

One type of malware that has been a problem is a shortcut virus, which renders all my pendrive folders hidden. When I view the drive contents, I see nothing except a shortcut file. But my folders appear when I search.

How to solve this?

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  • what is "shortcut virus affected PC" ? a pc infected with virus?
    – Kelmen
    Dec 4, 2015 at 2:56
  • @Kelmen Yes, "a pc infected with one kind of virus that makes all folders in it hidden and create a shortcut file", sorry for my bad English. Dec 4, 2015 at 3:05
  • @manetsus - If you realize the grammar is bad you should take steps to correct it.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:42
  • @Ramhound Go ahead, the edit button is there for other users for a reason.
    – AStopher
    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:35
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    @cybermonkey - I encourage people to fix their own mistakes. I leave my editing duties to things they cannot do because of their reputation. I also leave fixing grammatical mistakes to people that are better at that particular skillset.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:47

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Press Win + R, type cmdin "Open:" field. Then click "OK" or enter. This would bring you to the command line terminal.

Then type the following command replacing X with the drive letter of your flash drive/pendrive and then enter:

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

If you eager to see more about this command see this documentation from microsoft.

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