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hi mike. untill recently all files on my usb are listed as shortcus.i can open them but when trying to delete it said "the action cannot be completed due to file being open in host process for windows services. what does this how,and can it be fixed? thanks


First of all, you may have picked up a virus as this is known to happen in many instances however if you are one that plugs the usb drive in to the computer and starts opening files directly then you also may want to check the following first:

This is a pretty common problem when people start using files (opening and saving directly to/from the device) instead of using the USB device as a storage device.  Typically you should plug the device in then copy the files to your documents or desktop, then open and save to your documents/desktop and then when you are ready to COPY to your usb device you will not have the problem you now have.

What you are going to have to do most likely is RIGHT CLICK on each file individually and select PROPERTIES and then de-select the 'read only' file.  

If what I have said above doesn't work then you may have a virus and/or have been hit with a virus that has now affected the USB device and this is what you should do:

If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are in hidden mode. Then follow these steps:
Click on the link below and download the file "AutorunExterminator":
Extract it: Double-click on "AutorunExterminator"
Plug your pendrive now
This will remove the autorun.inf files from your pendrive and also from the drives
Click on Start > Run, type cmd and click OK
Here it is assumed your pendrive letter is G (change as necessary)
Enter this command.
attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*      
Press Enter
Now check for your files in on the pen drive
Now download the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from this link:
Update it and perform a "Full Scan"
Note : The default selected option is "Quick Scan"

Hope this helps


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