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    Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    When I open the drives on my laptop running on Windows 7, the folders are shown as shortcuts. Therefore, I am not able to access the files inside it. I keep getting the message “The item 266986688.vbs that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved” on clicking the folder. Even so, it is possible to view the files on right clicking the drive. What are the troubleshooting steps required to view the folders as such?



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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Click the ‘Start’ button and choose ‘Control Panel’ from the start menu. Go to ‘Folder Options’ afterwards and select ‘View’ option. Then, click the checkbox next to ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option and uncheck the checkbox near Hide protected operating system files (recommended). Press the ‘Apply’ button afterwards and check the folders in your PC. Delete all shortcut folders which have no data. Create a folder copy the data from the folders which were hidden and then delete all hidden folders. Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE key to bring up the task manager and right click on the file which had deleted earlier. You can then find the file location through you can reach the virus location and delete the virus. Get back to Control Panel and select the checkbox next to ‘DO NOT show hidden files and folders’ option. You need to re-check the ‘Hide protected operating system files (recommended)’ option also. Reboot your PC afterwards and open up the task manager again to make sure the virus program is not running.

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Dear friends..

    Mainly this problem occurs when the Virus affected to System..

    So install Good anti virus and Perform Scan system Regularly..

    After performing scan you will delete the Detections..

    I hope it will help you..

    Thank you and All the best..

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Hello

    To solve that problem try these simple steps....

    =====>Click on Start button.

    =====>Now navigate mouse pointer on Control Panel and click on it.

    =====>Under the control panel click on Folder Option.

    =====>Under the Folder Option dialog box click on View tab.

    =====>Uncheck the chekbox says Always shows the icon never thumbnails.

    =====>Click OK to confirm change.

    =====>your problem is solve.

    Try this i hope this will help you.........

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7


    Dear guest,

    This is obviously the work of Trojan virus. Such a virus attacks your system if you have not performed a virus scan on your data device such as a pendrive. So basically it has entered your system through an unsuspected pendrive. Now the virus that you are dealing with is a recycler. You will find an autorun.inf file in your pendrive which installs the virus. In and drivers there will be a folder named recycler. This folder is linked to your recycle bin. And hence treated as system folder and not possible to be deleted.
    Get a trusted anti virus, updated it and scan your system. This will right her delete the virus or send it to quarantine.. Quarantine will be having potential dangerous files saved in different formats. Such a file is no more harmful to your system.

    Thank you...





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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Hi.
    Follow the below steps:
    >>Go to control Panel, Folder Options select VIEW select Show hidden files and folders and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended) now click APPLY
    >>go to your folders and it should show you all your folders hidden including the virus delete the virus and all the shortcut folders that have no data in them. create new folders and copy the data from YOUR hidden folders into them. once that is done delete the old hidden folders.
    >>enter task manager find the program that is still running which will have the same name as the one you just deleted off the hard drive right click it and select open file location this should show you the virus location delete it!
    >>return back to control panel, Folder options select view select DO NOT show hidden files and folders and recheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended)
    >>Restart computer open task manager and ensure that the program is no longer running.

    thank you.

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    My dear friend you are saying that you are not able to access the drives of your computer.I think that is happening due a serious virus attack on your computer.I think you are not using an outdated antivirus or not using an antivirus at all.So i would suggest you to buy an antivirus and scan your pc for any viruses and after that you have to delete the viruses found.Then i think your problem will be solved.
    Good luck!!!

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    hi, friend .

    >> folder can display as shortcut with two way

    1. if you have create as shotcut .

    2. if any virus is there that will made your folder as a shortcut.

    >> so have to check this for virus.

    >> so boot scan your system.

    >> if this can not solve your problem then you have to remove all folder and then format your system.

    >> you have to do it for whole hardisk .

    >> i hope you have got me.

    >> all the very best

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Hi dear friend...............

    It must be the problem of Folder virus

    It the PC gets effected with the folder Virus.......then the short cut folders will be created automatically.......and in these short cut folder nothing will contain any Data or files

    even if we delete these folders...........and again which are created automatically

    To overcome this type of issue....... first of all Install the Good Antivirus in your PC

    then Update the Virus definitions of respective Antivirus....... after that Scan the Whole Hard disk drive with Antivirus

    after that ...... delete all the Shortcut folders from the Drives.......then your issue will be resolved

    and if you are unable to solve the issue with the above lines............ Simply restore the windows

    and if you don't have the Restore point cases..... .... there is no option ..... you need to re-install the Windows only

    ALL THE BEST

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    sorry to say this, your system is attacked with virus.. don't worry about your files.. because file will not displayed in such cases but they are present...

    all you need to do is install Microsoft security essentials and update it...
    once updating is done run complete scan..and delete the virus from your system..


    later restart your system and press F8 while booting.
    choose safe mode with networking
    you can see the file now.. cut all those files and move to a new folder..

    and restart your system,

    virus is gone.
    file are back.


    happy to assist you

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    Hi Friend,You are saying that Folders are Displayed as shortcuts in Windows 7 system.>> It is problem of virus, virus has made all folder as shortcut.>> It can delete but hide the actual folder.>> When you unhide folder from Folder Option you can see your folders.>> So scan whole PC with updated Antivirus and remove all Virus from system. I hope you will understand.All The Best

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    Re: Folders are displayed as shortcuts on Windows 7

    To fix your problem follow these simple steps
    Go to the start menu
    Then select Control panel option
    Now select the option Folder Options
    Then click on view
    Then check the check box next to show hidden folders and files
    Uncheck the check box next to Hide protected Operating system files
    then click on apply
    Now delete all the folder shortcuts which have no data
    Now create the Folder and copy the data from the hidden folders an then delete all the hidden folders
    Then go to TaskManager and find the virus location and delete it
    Now go back to the control panel
    then check the check box next to DONOT show hidden files and folders
    Then check the checkbox next to Hide protected Operating system files
    Then preform reboot on your device.

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