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Hello there, this is our second edition on computer viruses and thanks for staying with us as we guide you through taking control of your computer from the backdrop of a viral invasion.

So you plugged in your USB drive only to find that all the files and folders are missing or there is only the shortcut to the same drive inside, what do you do…

First and foremost, do not panic because in almost all cases you will notice that your drive is still halfway full and that means all the items on the drive are intact just waiting for you to access them. Then follow these steps;

  • Open the USB drive in question, click on the “View” tab on the menu bar and click on “Options” (for windows 8 and above). For windows 7, click on “Organize”, then click on “Folder and Search Options”. These will lead you to the folder options dialog box.
  • Click on the “View” tab in the dialog box. In the options below choose to “show hidden files”. Next untick the “Hide protected operating system files”. Click “Yes” on the pop-up.


  • You can now click on “Apply” and “OK” to close our dialog box.
  • Back in our USB drive’s window, we will see a light-coloured folder/drive icon mostly without a label. System Volume Information and Recycler folders if they are present are normal hidden folders on any drive and no cause for concern.
  • Now open our light-coloured folder/drive aaaand… voila, all your files and folders intact. I recommend cutting them and pasting them back in the root drive folder so they can be accessed without going through these steps on another computer.


In our next issue we will discuss how to actually get rid of the shortcut virus WITHOUT the help of an antivirus. For all your PC and smartphone issues, leave a comment or contact us on 0501384495



Computer viruses are a terrible nuisance. Imagine,…just when you have to print out a document and submit to meet a deadline, you open your usb drive on the PC at the print shop and all the files and folders are missing…And that moment when you manage to get 5 minutes of your Boss’ time to look at something, and your PC is taking all the 5 minutes just to boot up!! Ow no! not now!?

In this edition, ASCORP presents how to identify a virus infection as early as possible to avoid getting into such situations. We have arranged these signs in order of the commonest and most definite;

  1. All folders, turned into shortcuts/Usb drive inserted into the PC shows a shortcut to the same drive when opened


In such a case the virus hides the original folders and the shortcut there serves to activate the virus whenever it is opened as well as lead you into the original folder. Smart virus that.

  1. Uncalled for Startup Messages/Applications running on their own


A popular example is wscript virus named “whatdafuck”. If your computer starts displaying a lot of non-sensical text in Notepad or Command prompt launches by itself right after boot-up, dear brethren, look no further…you have been invaded by a virus.


  1. PC runs slower than usual/ Freezing

If you are wondering why this wasn’t first on the list, well that is because these problems have other causes other than viruses. Some of them are excessive number of startup programs, normal applications which consume too much RAM (Opening lots of tabs in a web browser esp. Chrome), installing multiple antiviruses, Local drive containing windows files with very little space etc.

That being said viruses do slow computers down in most cases. In order to narrow down the cause of your slow PC;

  • Launch task manager by Right-Clicking anywhere on your task bar
  • click on the Task Manager ( if your task manager has greyed out and hence cannot be launched, then Congrats, you have succeeded in identifying a virus infection on your PC)
  • If the task Manager does launch, then proceed to monitoring the process running on your PC (On Windows 8 and above go to the “Details” tab)
  • Your PC is infected if you see any of the following
    • “msiexec.exe” running when no application is being installed by user
    • “wscript.exe” running
    • “svchost” running with User’s account name under “User name”
  • wsscript

Thanks for staying with us. In our next issue we will discuss how overcome such virus problems WITHOUT the help of an antivirus before we talk more about signs virus infections. For all your PC and smartphone issues, leave a comment or contact us on 0501384495