Why do I have .lnk file shortcuts generating everywhere on my Windows 7 computer?

taikorfa June 8, 2013

Help please! I was just messing around with .lnk files, but now it keeps making shortcuts everywhere. I deleted the shortcuts, but it still keeps generating!

  1. Abdelmalek Dhif
    June 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

    i'll tell you what .. once i used "open with " option on a shortcut to open some file ! so it went messy !! i downloaded a .lnk Fixe like Showed in his answer and it got fixed :)) here's the link again
    hope i helped.

  2. Donald S
    June 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I agree with Harshit J. Any extension with .lnk indicates a link or what would be a shortcut. If it keeps replicating then it very well could be a worm. I like to use Spybot Search and Destroy to scan my computer, very powerful and free. Another good one is System Care which is paid or free. As far as playing with the registry to fix this I would recommend you not to do that. If you don't know anything about the registry you can screw the entire pc up and have to re-install Windows.

  3. Paul Vi
    June 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Scan you PC with Malwarebytes

  4. Harshit J
    June 10, 2013 at 6:18 am

    May be it is a worm that is multiplying its files. Try doing a virus scan.

  5. ha14
    June 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

    if you have windows restore point use it to return back to the state where everything was fine, just before the problem started.

    for your file association problems try this
    if you cant extract it, either boot on safe mode to do that or do extract on another pc, transfer to usb key and then to your pc and apply the correction by clicking on them

    1. Open the Registry Editor (click Windows + R, type regedit, hit enter).
    2. Navigate to this registry branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.lnk
    3. Find the subkey called User Choice and delete it.
    4. Close Registry Editor.
    5. Reboot.