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One of the threatening elements Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 program shortcuts on the desktop, in the taskbar, and other locations. Particularly relevant it has become with the spread of different malware (particularly AdWare), causing the appearance of advertisements in the browser, as you can read in the instructions.
Malware can modify the labels so that when they are opened, in addition to launch the assigned program, performed additional undesirable actions, so one of the steps in many guides for removing malware listed «check browser shortcuts» (or any other). About how to do this manually or by using third-party programs — in this article. It may also be useful:.
Note: since the question most often relates to the testing of the browser shortcuts, it will be about them, although all methods are applicable to other program shortcuts in Windows.
Check browser shortcuts manually
A simple and effective way of checking browser shortcuts to do it manually by means of the system. The steps will be the same in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.
Note: if you want to verify the shortcuts in the task bar, first go to the folder with these shortcuts, to do this in the Explorer address bar, type the following path and press Enter
%AppData%MicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchUser PinnedTaskBar
What to do if you see that the label of «infected»? The easiest way is to manually locate the file browser in the «target» field or just delete the shortcut and recreate it in the desired location (and pre-clean the computer from malware that the situation is not repeated). In order to create a shortcut — right-click in the empty space of the desktop or folder, select new, Shortcut and enter the path to the executable file of the browser.
Standard location of the executable (used to run) the file popular browsers (may be in Program Files x86 or just Program Files depending on the bitness of the system and browser):
- Google Chrome — C: Program Files (x86) Google Chrome Application chrome.exe
- Internet Explorer — C: Program Files Internet Explorer iexplore.exe
- Mozilla Firefox — C: Program Files (x86) Mozilla Firefox firefox.exe
- Opera — C: Program Files Opera launcher.exe
- Yandex Browser — C: Users username AppData Local Yandex YandexBrowser Application browser.exe
Program to check labels
Given the urgency of the problem, there was a free utility to check the safety of the shortcuts in Windows (by the way, tasted great in all respects, anti-malware,and a couple of others — there is not implemented).
Among these programs at the moment, it can be noted Phrozen Software Shortcut Scanner and Check Browsers LNK. Just in case: after you download(at the time of writing this article they are completely clean, but cannot guarantee that it always will be).
The first of the programs available in a portable version separately for x86 and x64 systems on the official site. Using the program is as follows:
The author recommends to read:
- — what to do and why this is happening?
- (for video games)
In the program menu points are provided for clearing (deleting) the selected shortcuts, but in my test they didn’t work (and judging by the comments on the official site is not working and from other users in Windows 10). However, using this information you can delete or change the suspicious labels manually.
Check Browsers LNK
A small utility LNK Browsers Check designed for verification of labels of the browsers and works in the following way:
The resulting information can be used for self-correcting the labels or for automated «treatment» with a program by the same author ClearLNK (you want to move the log file to an executable ClearLNK to correct). Download Check Browsers LNK from the official page
I hope the information was useful and you were able to get rid of malware on computer. If something does not work — please write details in the comments, I will try to help.