These are the viruses which were created using the modern technology to drive people installing malware on their PC. If your device is showing perfect storage but files are invisible then this USB drive is having the issue of getting attacked by these shortcut viruses.
The problem is if you delete this shortcut virus named: 'My Removable Device' directly from your drive then you will lose all your data on that drive.
So, the first point to be noted is: don't delete that shortcut virus directly. Instead, follow the steps mentioned in this article to get it cleaned up from your drive and save all the data.
How does the Virus Create and Work? (on USB drives)These viruses are transferred from PC to PC while you connect your flash drive to a malware affected computer. This malware hides your main files and shows only the shortcuts which actually include trojan, spyware and malware files.
The main files are made hidden by these viruses which will be preserved. So, don't format your drive to get rid of this as you will lose all of your important files which can be recovered easily.
The motive of this virus is to install unwanted malware on your PC. Once you click on the shortcuts, it will ask to install spyware which hackers use to steal or harm your PC.
The first and instant solution is to open the task manager and locate an unknown process that is currently running on your Windows (i.e. rundll32.exe). Once you find that just end process instantly. This process would not delete the virus or fix the drive. But, if something is wrong, will be stopped for now.
You can delete that .exe file located in windows/system32 folder or windows/system64 in case it is on your internal drive. However, for internal drives, you can remove the shortcut virus using cmd.
You can install any of the best free virus removal tools for this affected flash drive.
Now, just follow the steps to remove the shortcut virus from your pen drive and get back your files:
Remove 'My Removable Device' Shortcut Virus from USB Drive
Everything will look good until you open the drive. The storage will show the exact volume as it was. Now once you find out that shortcuts in your drive do the following process from below-
Remember, the virus is implemented not to find the original files. Here, all of these main files will be hidden.
Just open the folder and check for your files. Don't delete anything until you find the location folder where your files are stored.
Note: If you did not find just change the settings to show hidden files.
Once you found the files you can delete any unwanted shortcut folders that are blank and created by this virus.
Now, here you can see my files are kept in a folder that has no icon. Just open that and delete the autorun.inf file from the list.
Now cut all the files and move to another internal drive into PC. Now format your pen drive and once completed just move those saved files from PC to pen drive again.
How to See Hidden Files to Find the Viruses?
2. Now, tick the 'Hide protected operating system files' and click 'OK' button.
3. Just confirm the settings and the hidden files will be shown.
This is an extremely simple procedure to get back your files along with a virus-free flash drive.