Why did everything on my Windows computer turn into a Shortcut?

Pardon Maxvilla October 15, 2011
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I recently had everything in my computer turned into a Shortcut. Even if I try to install a software, it cannot be executed because it quickly turns to a shortcut. What can I do?

  1. Anonymous
    October 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Which version of windows?

    you can try this tool to reassociate folder optionhttp://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/lnkfix_vista.zip
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html

    for windows 7
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/lnk_fix_w7.zip
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/file-asso-fixes-for-windows-7/

  2. Mjevolve
    October 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    first of all , try restoring your PC to date when it was OK .

    Start > accessories > system Tools > system restore .

    select a date when all was fine .

    see if it works .

    if not , scan your pc .
    go for Live AV scanners . you can go for ESET , Norton or Bitdefender .( Bitdefender scan add on in FF is very fast ... )
    scan your pc with malwarebytes free.
    scan your pc with superantispyware free .
    ( just make sure to update the apps after installation and before scanning ... )
    let the scanners do their job .

    restart , 
    clean up the temp files with CCleaner .

    and see if all works ....

  3. Jay
    October 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    go to tools >>folder options and select show hidden files.
    uncheck the option "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" which is below.
    scan your pc with antivirus or antimalware.
    if your data is missing even after enabling hidden files to be shown
    use a data recovery tool  to recover data.