How to Remove Shortcut Autorun virus from Windows PC

There are several ways to remove the shortcut autorun virus from your windows XP, 7, 8 or 8.1 and for that all you need is to carefully follow the steps that I’m giving here to delete the virus completely from your PC. These virus could do the worst possible damages to your system and if you are ignorant then replacing the hard disk will be the only solution. So take action before anything bad happens to your computer.

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How to Remove Shortcut Autorun virus from Windows PC {Updated 2015}

First of all i will explain what is an Autorun Virus.

Autorun.inf is a file which starts automatically whenever you insert your pen drive or a compact disk(CD).
so when this file is replaced with a coding which when started , can disable your antivirus and run other virus program from your pendrive or CD without your knowlegde.
Nowadays there is a recent shortcut autorun virus which will make your files in the pendrive into shortcut files.
well i shall explain you how to disable that virus :

  • disable the autoplay function in your system.
  • Install an updated antivirus program.

Disable Autorun (Windows XP) to remove Autorun Virus :

  1. Download TweakUI powertoy for XP : Click Here.
  2. Install it.
  3. Go to Start -> Powertoys for Windows XP -> Tweak UI.
  4. Expand ‘My Computer’ Tree in Tweak UI.
  5. Expand Autorun Tree.
  6. In Drives Section, Unselect all the drives.
  7. In Types Section, unselect all the drives.
  8. Click on Apply.
  9. Select OK.

Disable Autorun (Windows 7)  to Remove Shortcut Autorun Virus:

  •  Launch the Run dialogue box by pressing Win + R, then type Gpedit.msc and press     Enter. 
  • In The Local Group Policy Editor go to: 
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
  • Locate the autoplay option and open it.  
  • Click the enabled button and select all drives from option  and apply .

 Preventive Measures to Stay Safe from Autorun Virus :

  • Disable the Autorun
  • Install an Antivirus!!!!!
  • Before opening any drive, scan it with a well known antivirus(listed at the end)
  • If you want to open it without scanning or if you do not have an antivirus installed (Not Recommended), then do the following :
  • Open My Computer
  • Go to Tools -> Folder Options
  • Go to View Tab -> Unselect ‘Hide Extensions for Known File Types’
  • Then select the required drive, right click -> EXPLORE. Do not double click to open the drive. This will activate the autorun file inturn activating the virus….
  • Do not files of type .lnk or .exe(unless you scan with antivirus).
  • Only open document files. 
  • Some files may contain double extension such as ‘xxx.doc.exe’ with a Document Icon. Those are definitely viruses. Delete them.

Deleting the Autorun virus from Windows OS Completely:

  • Launch the RUN dialogue box by pressing win + r , then type cmd .
  • In the command prompt type the below commands one by one
               attrib -h -r -s /s/d g:*.*
        replace the g with the drive name of your usb path.
          here h denotes hidden files, r is for read only files and s for system. -h -r -s are used for making them to remove those properties. /s is to process all files and /d is to process all folders as well.*.* denotes all files with any extension.
you simply change the letter g to your usb drive letter and run the above highlighted command and then run the below command :
              drive name:\\ del autorun.inf
              drive name:\\ del *.lnk
     replace drive name with your usb drive letter .
  • done with this for now.

Always have a antivirus installed and update it regularly. Nod32 , Avira , Avast and many more powerful antiviruses are available in the internet for free and prevent your system from Viruses. Still not able to remove the autorun virus completely ? leave a message in the comment section.

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1 thought on “How to Remove Shortcut Autorun virus from Windows PC

  1. THe best virus ever created.

    It almost seems impossible to permanently delete shortcut virus.

    But this is a nice tutorial.

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