Operating System
Windows 8
Infection date and initial symptoms
Noticed today only on 21st November 2o14
Current issues and symptoms
I noticed that all my folders has converted to shortcuts, and after running windows defender now cannot find files and folders
Steps taken in order to remove the infection
Windows defender


Former MalwareTips Staff

Before we begin, please note the following:
  • I will working be on your Malware issues, this may or may not, solve other issues you have with your machine.
  • The logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me.
  • Stay with the topic until I tell you that your system is clean. Missing symptoms does not mean that everything is okay.
  • Instructions that I give are for your system only!
  • Please do not run any tools until requested ! The reason for this is so I know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.
  • Please perform all steps in the order received. If you can't understand something don't hesitate to ask.
  • Again I would like to remind you to make no further changes to your computer unless I direct you to do so. I will not help you if you do not follow my instructions.

Scan with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.
Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.


Former MalwareTips Staff
Fix with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

This fix was created for this user for use on that particular machine.

Running it on another one may cause damage and render the system unstable.
Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop:

Both files, FRST and fixlist.txt have to be in the same location or the fix will not work!

  • Right-click on
    icon and select
    Run as Administrator to start the tool.
    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).
  • Press the Fix button just once and wait.
  • If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally. After that let the tool complete its run.
  • When finished FRST will generate a log on the Desktop, called Fixlog.txt.

Please attach it to your reply.

Scan with McSield

Please download McShield by dr_bora and save it to your desktop.

  • Install it on your machine.
  • It will initially run a scan and show the result as a toaster by the system clock.
  • Start the Control Centre by clicking on the
    icon in your system tray.
  • Go to the Scanner tab and tick unhide items on flash drives.
  • Plug in the drive and McShield will start a scan.
  • A logfile of this scan may be found in the Logs tab of the main screen.

Please include that log in your next reply.


Hi, Sorry for late reply...I did whatever you asked me to do and now My pen drive is clean...Thank you very much...@argus, #ThanksMalwareTips... And I could not find the fixlog.txt file anywhere...However I am attaching log file of McShield :)