What is shortcut.lnk?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the shortcut.lnk on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Shortcut.lnk file information

The Nginx process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Shortcut.lnk is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shortcut.lnk is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,723 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,777 bytes, 1,788 bytes, 1,834 bytes or 1,765 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The shortcut.lnk file is not a Windows core file. shortcut.lnk appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shortcut.lnk. Therefore, you should check the shortcut.lnk process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving shortcut issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with shortcut. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the shortcut.lnk process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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