Remove Invalid Windows Shortcuts

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 16, 2008
Updated • Nov 14, 2011
Software, Windows

The computer desktop is not the only location where shortcuts can usually be found. The Windows start menu and the user's documents and settings directory are two additional locations where lots of windows shortcuts can be found. The main problem with these is the fact that they do not get automatically updated if the user decides to move, delete or uninstall the file or folder it is pointing to. This results in invalid or orphaned windows shortcuts on the system.

Orphans Remover is the solution for the problem. The software program was specifically designed to deal with Windows shortcuts. It is possible to scan predefined locations on the computer for invalid windows shortcuts or pick folders or drives manually that should be scanned for orphaned shortcuts.

Default locations are the Windows Startmenu, the computer desktop, the favorites and history, recent documents, program files and application data folders. Shortcuts pointing to removable or network drives, cd-roms and ram disks can be exempted from the search.

The software will scan the drive which does not take more than a few seconds. All invalid Windows shortcuts will be displayed and the user has the option to delete all or only some of them. Orphans Remover is a handy software program that effectively locates and deletes invalid Windows shortcuts.

Update: The developing company has ceased all operations. The website is no longer available, neither are downloads of the latest program versions that have been released prior to closing the doors.

We have uploaded the latest version of Orphansremover to our servers. You can download the program from the following link: (Download Removed)

We have tested the release and it is virus free. Please note that we do not offer support for this software or are responsible for any damage or harm that it may cause on your system.


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  1. Jojo said on October 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Boring. There are many multiple variations of this program all ready in existence.

    Why do developers keep reproducing applications that do the same thing as other programs (and not necessarily any better)?

    I want to see programs with new functionality that solve problems which have not yet been addressed instead of more of the “same old, same old”.

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