These days is it very common to have desktop computers and laptops having this issue. The issue begins after inserting an infected storage media having the virus and than unknowingly running the virus application, the virus then proceeds to install itself on the PC and attaches itself to the startup items,. it then constantly starts up with your system and affects all removable media being , external hard drives, memory cards, flash drives etc.

HOW DOES IT OCCUR

The virus application having installed itself on your PC is an application that runs in real time and monitors all storage media activity and weather or not you open a storage media the virus copies itself to the removable media converts all existing files and folders to shortcuts which run the virus before opening the associated file or folder

HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITHOUT FORMATTING THE DRIVE

It’s actually quite simple to resolve, just follow the steps below and you will be smiling in no time, NO SHORTCUTS, JUST YOUR FILES  THE WAY THEY WERE.


STEP 1
On Windows XP
 Press the start menu and start the RUN dialog window.

On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 
Press and hold CTRL+SHIFT+ESC  to start the task manager.

STEP 2
On Windows XP
In the Run Dialog box type and run MSCONFIG.EXE

On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1  
In the TASK MANAGER select the STARTUP tab

STEP 3

On Windows XP
Click and select the STARTUP tab 

STEP 4

At this point continue the same procedures for both operating systems (i.e. Windows XP & Windows 7, 8 and 8.1)

STEP 5

Check for any funny looking programs, most times looking like qtvzx.exe, qtvzx.vbs set to run on startup, if found proceed

STEP 6

Check the location of the application in the address bar beside the funny looking name and go to the location on your hard drive.

STEP 7

In the location of the file locate it and stop the process from the TASK MANAGER which can be arrived at by presssing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC  on any Windows Operating System

STEP 8

In the TASK MANAGER select the PROCESSES tab and look for the funny looking file from step 5, when found right click and stop the process

STEP 9

YOU CAN NOW DELETE THE FILE LOCATED ON YOUR COMPUTER, YOU SHOULD NO LONGER HAVE YOUR SYSTEM CREATING SHOURTCUTS ON STORAGE MEDIA AGAIN

 

 IT IS IMPORTANT TO INSTALL AN ANTIVIRUS ON YOUR COMPUTER AND YOU CAN GET A GOOD FREE VERSION OF BITDEFENDER BY READING THE ARTICLE LOCATED 

HERE


ALSO USEFUL IS THE APPLICATION THAT CAN BE USED TO SHOW ALL YOUR FILES HIDDEN BY THE VIRUS FOUND 

HERE

Hope it works out fine.


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