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Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit protection tool

If you are a regular blog reader, probably you have heard about the recent Windows Shortcut Exploit. Also known as CPLINK, it is a zero-day vulnerability in all Windows versions that allows a Windows shortcut link to run a malicious DLL file.

This vulnerability can be exploited via a malicious USB drive, or network shares and WebDAV. Even if you have AutoPlay and AutoRun disabled, it will affect the PC, if you insert a malicious USB drive.

But unfortunately, at the moment, there is no patch from Microsoft to fix this exploit available. However there are certain solutions to block the exploit from running, such a Trend Micro’s Sysclean Tool, Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit protection tool and Microsoft Fix it tool.

Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit protection tool is a free application that will detect Windows shortcut Exploit and blocks it from running. You can read more about Windows Shortcut Exploit from here.

Download Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit protection tool


  1. Hey, Its great article keep it up good work :)

  2. Thank you for alerting us about this exploit... Nothing is safe out there anymore!

    P.S. I just added jkwebtalks to my new site called (a repository of 430 tech sites).

    Thank you,

    Rick (at


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