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Drive.bat virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Drive.bat virus is a dangerous Trojan horse which is capable of damaging victim's data and making it useless

Drive.bat trojan targets USB devices

Drive.bat virus is a malicious cyber infection classified as a Trojan horse.[1] PC users can download it by clicking on a malicious ads, downloading drive.zip file, opening spam e-mails or file-bundles. However, it manages to proliferate since 2004 by spreading via external devices, like SD cards, USB flash drives, hard-drives, etc. Once the virus infects the external device, all files and folders stored on it are transformed into the shortcuts similar to the one of a USB device. Consequently, the data cannot be opened and becomes unreadable. Consequently, the Trojan is often dubbed as Drive.bat shortcut virus. 

Name Drive.bat virus
Type Trojan
Other references Drive.bat shortcut virus, Drive.bat usb Trojan
Distribution Via external drivers, drive.zip file, spam email attachments, software bundling
Danger Level High. Can cause permanent data loss stored on any external drive connected to the infected PC
Symptoms Files and folders on external drive (USB, SD card, USB hard drive, etc.) are transformed into shortcuts. 
Elimination Automatic only. Trojan can be utilized with a help of an updated and powerful anti-malware tool. We recommend Reimage.

Usually, the files corrupted by Drive.bat feature 1 KB size and seem to be completely lost. Luckily, analysis by NoVirus.uk[2] experts have revealed that the virus does not delete the data, just hides it from the victim. The Trojan merely corrupts the display of data hierarchy. 

Thus, you should remove Drive.bat to be able to re-access your files. This elimination process might be confusing for inexperienced computer users. We suggest using a reputable anti-malware software to eliminate the trojan.

Drive.bat virus exhibits high danger level due to a risk of data loss

Besides, the infected shortcut is designed to spread Drive.bat via connected systems, e.g. your computer and other external devices that might be connected to it. Many victims get lured into clicking it by thinking that it will lead them to the corrupted data. However, this act is precisely what attackers want them to believe. You should NOT open the shortcut under any circumstances.

Moreover, cybersecurity experts warn that this virus can start acting as a backdoor in the future. If these claims are true, it can be used for infecting systems with ransomware or other high-risk PC infections[3]

Infected victims have already outlined their experience on a IT forums. It turns out that this cyber threat might block Windows Updates and anti-virus software (from both installing and launching) even when in Safe Mode. Besides, the Internet connection may also cause chaos by turning on and off unexpectedly. Obviously, to prevent these issues, you need to get rid of Drive.bat virus.

To take care of your system and prevent malware attack, we recommend employing a powerful security software. It will also help you to start Drive.bat removal instantly. You could use Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner since they will not only eliminate the trojan but also maintain your security in the future.

Be aware that eliminating the malicious program is not enough. You should make sure to follow the below-listed tips to avoid Drive.bat virus infection afterward:

  • Keep your system protected by employing reputable anti-malware;
  • Back up your files and valuable data;
  • Do not open any suspicious e-mails or attachments sent by people or organizations you don’t know;
  • Download applications only from authorized sources.

Drive.bat removal is an immediate step to be taken

Find out how you can get infected with the file-hiding virus

Criminals aim to infiltrate trojans on as many computers as possible. Thus they use not one but many methods for distribution.

Drive.bat spreads via:

  • Malicious drive.zip file;
  • Spam e-mails containing a malicious attachment or link;
  • Rogue advertisements displayed on highly suspicious websites;
  • File-bundles of third-party apps that hide the information about the installation of the trojan;
  • Illegal Torrent downloads.

Drive.bat shortcut virus renders files on external drive inaccessible

Eliminate Drive.bat to retrieve access to your files

Trojans often are able to hide their presence or traces. Therefore, manual Drive.bat removal is almost an impossible challenge for those who do not possess specific IT skills. You shouldn’t try to get rid of the virus by yourself, or you risk damaging corrupted files permanently. Instead, pick a professional security software that will solve your question “How to remove Drive.bat from your system” with only one click.

There is a possibility that the malware will not allow you to download an anti-virus program. To avoid that, you should reboot your PC to Safe Mode. It will deactivate the virus and permit to run a full system scan.

Eliminate the main shortcut of the virus from external drive automatically

  • Open My Computer or This PC and right-click on the external drive that is infected with a shortcut Trojan. 
  • Select Scan for viruses option. 
  • Select the security tool that you prefer using and let it scan the removable drive. 
  • Alternatively, you can open Windows Defender and access its Settings
  • Open the Advanced section and select Scan removable drives.
  • Select the security tool 

Get rid of shortcut Trojan from external drive using Command Prompt (Admin)

  • Right-click on Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • You can also open Command Prompt (Admin) by typing cmd into the search. Right-click on the search result and select Run as Administrator.
  • Now type the letter of your USB (e.g. E:) and press Enter.
  • Type del *.lnk and press Enter.
  • Once the command is executed, copy and paste the attrib -s -r -h *.* /s.d/l/ command. Press Enter to execute it.
  • Now open the external drive and check whether the data was restored.
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To remove Drive.bat virus, follow these steps:

Remove Drive.bat using Safe Mode with Networking

If you want to get rid of this torjan horse, follow the instructions below that explain how to reboot your computer so Safe Mode with Networking.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Drive.bat

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Drive.bat removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Drive.bat using System Restore

If the first method doesn't work, you should try Command Prompt function to uninstall Drive.bat from your system.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Drive.bat. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Drive.bat removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Drive.bat and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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