Windows Shortcut Virus: Definition,Types & Fix

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This is my guide on Windows Shortcut Virus and the many types of shortcut virus, how to identify them, the definition of a shortcut virus and finally how to remove Windows Shortcut virus.

This is a favorite topic because it’s a global issue and it’s quite popular now – Shortcut Virus. We are taking an in-depth look at what is a shortcut virus and the types so we can quickly identify which one affected our system and what tool to use to remove such virus directly.

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What is a Shortcut Virus?

There’s no wiki definition as such; however, just as the name suggests, a shortcut virus is a virus (a malware) that hides your original files inside shortcuts.

Initially, it doesn’t harm your files, however, later on, it might make them corrupt or even delete all of the data; depends on the kind of virus.

Therefore, removing the shortcut virus is crucial for getting your files back.

Want to learn how to remove shortcut virus, Read this article How To Remove Short cut Viruses on your computer, USB flash drive or external hard drive.

Types of Shortcut Virus

Depending on its effects, it may be broadly classified into three categories:

  1. Drive Short cut Virus
  2. Folder Short cut Virus
  3. File Short cut Virus

Let’s dive a bit deeper into what each means and what degree of damage it can precisely do.

Drive Shortcut Virus

As the name suggests, Drive Shortcut virus creates a shortcut of the entire removable drive. This not only limits to Flash Drives or USB Drives but can also affect External as well as Internal Hard Disks also.

This type of virus is mostly trojan, where after entering into your Removable Drive, starts overtaking your files, grouping them and eventually making a shortcut of your flash drive.

After the virus does its work, the only option you’re left with is, double-click over through that shortcut to open the contents inside that drive, and at this moment, the malware executes, which can do anything (according to the way the malware is coded) like spying in your PC and browsers, steal passwords or absolutely anything.

Folder Short cut Virus

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The self-explanatory, folder-shortcut virus creates shortcuts of folders and wraps it’s contents (files) altogether.

Much less destructive, but steal can spread itself after executing to some different folders from the place it originated. It can spy over on activities, upload data from that particular folder or do anything inside the folder.

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File Short cut Virus

A virus that makes shortcuts of program files.

While this type of virus is the least destructive, it can do extra damage when it attacks a necessary software’s execution file (.exe). On getting executed, this virus can even do just about anything inside the scope of that software program. It additionally rapidly multiplies itself as soon as it’s completed.

The way in which all these viruses work and affect differs from one another.


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