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Windows 7: Newly Bought Flash Drive Has Shortcut Virus

06 Apr 2019   #1
iNiffy

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Newly Bought Flash Drive Has Shortcut Virus

Recently I bought a brand new PNY 32GB Flash Drive, It looked beautiful that I didn't worry there isn't going to be any errors gonna show up (by the way this is my first flash drive) but then when I tested it on my pc, it shows these folders and shortcuts. When I try to delete them, they kept showing up again and again, these are so annoying and tried to search solutions on the internet but has no luck. This forum is my only hope, please help me. I have the picture of the shortcut files here in the attachments




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06 Apr 2019   #2
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Format the drive.
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06 Apr 2019   #3
iNiffy

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I forgot to add this but I already tried formatting it many times, I even tried changing the file system (FAT32 to NTFS) and allocation size but still doesn't kill it
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06 Apr 2019   #4
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I think i would return it to where ever it came from. Personally, i only use Sandisk drives.
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06 Apr 2019   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

your system is probably creating these folders. Check here, post #3....

Odd folders created automatically once USB device is connected
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06 Apr 2019   #6
iNiffy

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello johnhoh,


I tried your solution on that thread but it only redirects me to the user libraries (C:\Users\*\My Documents / C:\Users\*\My Music) I'm thinking, is it a virus? can you guys provide a guide on how to clean this virus and what's the name of it?


I downloaded USBFix and tried cleaning and revealed a hidden folder in my pendrive named "autorun.inf". Anyone know what it is?
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07 Apr 2019   #7
SnakeFist

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iNiffy View Post
Hello johnhoh,


I tried your solution on that thread but it only redirects me to the user libraries (C:\Users\*\My Documents / C:\Users\*\My Music) I'm thinking, is it a virus? can you guys provide a guide on how to clean this virus and what's the name of it?


I downloaded USBFix and tried cleaning and revealed a hidden folder in my pendrive named "autorun.inf". Anyone know what it is?
The autorun.inf is used to give the flash drive a custom icon. Also it is used for auto run where a dialog pops up asking what you want to do with the newly inserted flash drive.
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07 Apr 2019   #8
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

I don't see it as a virus but, if you want to check it out, download the free Malwarebytes and run a full system scan (with your flash drive connected).
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07 Apr 2019   #9
remm

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

This is not a virus. The drive has proprietary crap on it... when you reformat you have to first delete all the partitions on the pen drive. The folders that persisted through the format you did, persisted b/c they are in a separate partition on the pen drive. A very small 'boot' partition.

Use a tool like Mini Tool Partition Wizard (free), AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Ed (free), or EASUS Partition Mgr (free).

1. Copy off any of your data you might have put on it.
2. Use one of the tools above to delete all partitions on the pen drive.
3. Create one large partition.
4. Format that partition.

Problem s/b fixed.
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07 Apr 2019   #10
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Try EaseUS Partition Master Free
Windows Disk Management isn't as easy to use in my opinion.
You can delete, resize partitions and many format choices.

FYI: Mini-Tool Partition Wizard is fine for resizing the drive. I've had issues with it formatting to exFat and Fat32, when formatting USB to either (USB works on computers not on Ford Sync and other players). Don't know about NTFS or the others.
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