Why have all my files changed to to .lnk in Windows XP and how can I change it back?

Erin August 6, 2011
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So apparently my virus scanner failed me again and something hitched a ride on a free media player I downloaded. After I removed the media player (which didn’t work anyway), all my files appear to be changed to .lnk. How can I change it back? Nothing will open now!

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  1. Mark
    April 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    This is what I did after going round and round trying to find the answer to my .lnk problem
    (changing all my shortcut and programs extensions to .lnk)...

    Note: I did this in Win XP

    1. Start Menu
    2. My Computer
    3. Tools (menu)
    4. Folder Options
    5. File Types
    6. Click New Button
    7. File Extension Box = LNK
    8. Click Advanced Tab... In Associated File Type Box = Shortcut
    9. Click OK

    What happen right-a-way all of my Icons changed back to normal and all my programs
    started working. I did a reboot and everything is still working.

    I hope this helps.

    • EZBOO11
      May 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!! WORKED JUST LIKE YOU SAID. GLAD TO TO KNOW THAT THERE IS GOOD INFO OUT THERE.

    • jAXE
      June 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

      mark ..... u r gr8 man....
      thank u for helpin us.....
      :)

      THIS REALLY WORXXXXXXX

  2. Rick
    February 17, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I have windows xp. When I attach pdf files to my email to send they convert to .ink files no one can open. How do I fix this?

  3. Jeffery Fabish
    August 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Nice, Tina!

    Erin, were you able to confirm you actually removed the malware?

  4. Erin
    August 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you!   That worked great :)

  5. Tina
    August 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Erin,

    in your original subject line you wrote that all 'shortcuts' changed to lnk files. All shortcuts should carry the lnk file ype association.

    From the body of your question, however, I understand that all your files were changed to .lnk files. Please confirm!

    You may want to try the registry fixes on this page to fix all file types: Windows® XP File Association Fixes

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