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Show hidden and system files unchecks itself

Question: Show hidden and system files unchecks itself

Hi,

I've got a Windows 2000 computer and I am logged in as the administrator. When I change the folder view settings to "show hidden files and folders" and click apply and close, it resets itself immediately, and will not show the hidden files. If I go back to the properties box, the box will have unchecked itself. This seems to be the case for ALL options in the VIEW tab of FOLDER OPTIONS.

By the way, this condition also exists in safe mode.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

-Dan

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Preferred Solution: Show hidden and system files unchecks itself

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Answer: Show hidden and system files unchecks itself

Is this on a network? Maybe you dont have permissions to do that and your local settings are getting overwritten by the group policy.

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Hi,

I am guessing this will be either incredibly easy and I am missing something, or incredibly difficult to achieve.

But what I am wanting is to setup my system so that one partition has the ability to view all of the hidden windows files and folders and also hidden system files.

However at the same time for none other partitions on my PC to have this ability.

I can set this up affecting all paritions but there are some that I do not want this feature on.

I know I can laboriously keep switching it back and forth on the drive I want but I would not like to have to do this unless absolutely necessary.

So does anyone know any method that I can achieve what I am wanting.

Thanks
Anthony

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I know the procedure how to get XP to reveal hidden files via folder options, but BOTH buttons stay highlighted (the ?do not show? button AND ?show hidden files? button stay on same time) after applying changes-go back and no changes made to attributes. Microsoft KB has no solution. Unable to find any forum that shows solution. MacAfee scan shows no problems, No adaware, no signs of virus/Trojans no other odd system behavior-just cant view any hidden or system files. Im running Serv Pack 2 w/all updates.

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no System Policies established. I think something had corrupted the system registry but I do not know what key enables hidden files. Open for suggestions!!!

Answer:Cannot Get Windows Xp To Show Hidden System Files

to BC diggledoogeydo. Attention this is a registry tweak!!!! Back up your registry PLease look at this guide How to back up your registry prior to doing soTry thisIf that doesn't worktry to do a repair with sfc/scannow and have your XP pro disc ready since it will need to copy those files from the disc. Here is an excellent tutorial on that subject.

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Hey Guys, I cannot find a soultion to this problem. I was using my desktop like normal then an error came up saying that there was a hdd failure, and that i needed to scan for errors. all my files disappeared and only this error would come up. There would be hundreds of the same msg spamed on my screen. I scaned my hdd for errors using my Bios/Advanced options and no errors came up. I decided to take out the hdd and put it into my External Hdd bay to hook up to my laptop to extract the data off it.

When i hooked it up to my laptop it showed up empty. I went into folder options and clicked on show hidden files and folders. Everything came up but it was grey/transparent. I then copied the files to another hdd for backup.

Then i formatted the hdd and put on a fresh new OS. Id like to mention i have a second internal drive that i use for backups but it wasnt backed up recently when this issue happen so i had to take out the main drive and use it as an external to back up onto another external drive.

so then when i click on my second internal drive after the reinstall of the new OS it shows empty i have to go in and show hidden files and folders.. now they show again transparent. also i plug in my external to get the recent back up and all those files are still transparent when i move them to my desktop that is freshly OS installed they are still grey/transparent and i have to keep the show hidden files and folders to view them.. so its all my music, pics, documents etc th... Read more

Answer:backup files will only show up if i click show hidden files and folder

Hello Spooky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to use the tutorial below to set the attributes of these files and folders to be unhidden to see if that may help.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,
In 'folder options' the action of 'show' and 'don't show' hidden files have got interchanged.

So, when I select 'don't show' hidden files are shown, and vice versa.

How to get this back to normal?
Thanks!

Royce.

Sent from my GT-I9103 using Tapatalk 2
 

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In Appearance Files View, clearing the 2 buttons to reveal hidden files does not allow access to, for instance, C documents and settings, which has a padlock next to it, and others.

I had reinstalled the OS from within the machine and uninstalled any junk such as games etc. Have Avast free, super antispyware, Spybot, all of which find no threat Have run Kasperski one-time virus removal tool and; no threat. Running Winaso registry cleaner some time ago revealed 500 odd registry errors that were fixed and a subsequent run some time later revealed few problems. Running Winaso again yesterday discovered hundreds of errors again.

Kaspersky seemed to have trouble getting past; PE_Patch.Juba, and Googling suggests there may be something hidden in there.

This machine runs well enough but Firefox not responding, and slowness on internet activity are symptoms.

Do I have a virus?

Regards, DH.

Answer:Show hidden files that remain hidden

Welcome to the forum.

The "Documents and settings" folder has been obsolete since Vista. You should be using the "Users" folder". The "Documents and settings" folder is just a link maintained for compatibility with old software. Windows Explorer will never give you access by this route no matter what you do.

The "System Volume information" folder has special protection, even from an admin account, and should not be accessed unless you really understand what you are doing.

Registry cleaners are more trouble than they are worth and should be avoided. The validity of the errors found is often questionable. Many will find errors after a clean install. Others will find many errors and supposedly correct them but after another scan it will find the same errors. They have numerous pother problems as well.

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I was surfing online and randomly this adobe flash installer caused my UAC to pop up asking to allow the install, I know it wasn't flash but it just kept coming up so I shutdown, got into safemode, files looked gone, but I just checked show hidden files. I ran combofix since i've used it numerous times before, but without a script this time. It never showed its logs, but it deleted the infected files. Then I ran hijackthis and found some suspicious stuff running.. RKill shut down some processes for me too, but I don't seem to be able to decipher them well. In conclusion I have hidden files all across my system now, my program shortcuts aren't in the start menu, except remote desktop connection.. I did have to remove the virus causing the popups and all to come. I did not record down the name, didn't even think of it.

Logs are below.
 hijackthis.log   6.09KB
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 rkill.log   1.05KB
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Answer:Files Hidden, System Restore files hidden/gone - Windows 7

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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Hello all!

I'm having this weird problem in XP. I backed up a 2gb thumbdrive and zipped it up by winrar. The contents were a total of 1.40gb. When I view the zipped files through any compression program (winrar, 7zip, etc.), I can see the files and folders inside. But the weird part is, when I extract them, I can only see a few files and 1 folder available (I have multiple folders in the archive). Visibly, it showed only 200mb worth of files extracted. But when I right-click the folder in which I extracted the files to, it showed 1.40gb. I then thought files were hidden. When I clicked to show hidden files, still nothing. To make sure the "show hidden files" was working, I checked c:\windows folder and happened to see hidden files, while the folder with the extracted files still showed nothing. I did a virus scan and spyware scan on that specific folder. Nothing was found. But still, invisible files. How do I solve this?

I hope my explanation wasn't too confusing. I had this problem for months already.
 

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Is there any way in windows 7 the show hidden files and folder and show system files, however hide only desktop.ini's and thumbs.db? Don't need to seem them. Annoying.

Answer:show hidden files folders (exclude files)

Hello event3horizon,

The only way that I know of would be to have Show hidden files, folders, and drives selected (dotted), and to check the Hide protected operating system files box. Of course, all hidden protected OS files will hidden as well. Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
If you like, you could use the context menu from either step 2 or 3 in the tutorial below to quickly toggle to show or hide all hidden files when you like. This way you see them all when you want to, and none when you don't.Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Question: Show hidden files

Is there a way to set a hotkey which will change the windows show hidden files setting? If theres a way to do that in a .bat file, I can make a shortcut to it and setup the hotkey that way "CTRL + SHIFT + Something". Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Show hidden files

Jarrad said:

Is there a way to set a hotkey which will change the windows show hidden files setting? If theres a way to do that in a .bat file, I can make a shortcut to it and setup the hotkey that way "CTRL + SHIFT + Something". Any suggestions?Click to expand...

I don't think so, but maybe.

A shortcut on your desktop to folder options would be just as easy.
 

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Hello everyone, i am in the process of trying to install forefront client security and I keep getting failed installations. So i tried to view my hidden files and folders but it would not work. I have a logfile that i created using hijackthis. if anyone could help me that would be great. I know there is a fix out there, i just need to know where to find it. thanks

Answer:cannot show hidden files

What happens when you try to view hidden files?

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Thanks in advance for those who would help me. =)

So, as what the topic title says, I can't show/view hidden files. I tried doing the "Folder Options->View->Hidden Files and Folders->Show hidden files and folders", and still, it didn't work. Well, it partially did, but I could only see one folder showing up when in fact there are plenty of folders hidden. I don't know how or why my folders suddenly became hidden (I think it's because of this autorun virus which I believe I deleted already).

Please help me. I'm not really good at these things, so please describe what I'll do in layman's terms. Thanks again.

Answer:Can't Show Hidden Files

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time... Read more

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Hi, My hidden files can't be seen even when i change the setting from do not show to show. After i press ok, it resets to Do not Show, and i can't change that.

Help is appreciated.
 

Answer:Hidden Files don't show

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i have a file that that i by right clicking and selecting properties then clicked to hide this folder and sub folder, after that i go to folder options and go to view now i select view hidden files and click apply then ok or just ok and i go and check where i should have the file and still does not appear i go back to folder options and it shows that it is still selected at donot show hidden files, i tryed that may times from the control pannel but it never stays on show hidden folders, i know that the addres of the folder is D:\a-CDOTAKU\ANIME\ANIME FLOW and once i get ther i right click and go to properties then i uncheck the option to hide folders and apply it to all subfolder and they are there but the real problem is that why cant the show hidden files option stay on and in many cases after applying that option windows explorer crashes and restarts to solve the problem. my pc is windows vista ultimate 32bit and i have 750Gbs of hardrive, 4gigs ram, and [email protected](this is the PC where i have the problem)
 

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I Cant Show The Hidden Files On My Pc -_-

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No Matter I Check Show Hidden Files Box 
Its Retruning To Un Checked Box -_-
Need Help

Answer:Win 8 x64 Cannot Show The Hidden Files .

Go to Start (tiles screen) > Type Folder Options > Go to View > Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
 
If the search result doesn't show Folder Options click Settings in the location colomn on the right.

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Question: Show hidden files

How do you verify that Windows is configured to show hidden files and protected operating system files?
 

Answer:Show hidden files

Here is a slick trick

Go to your start menu and click on Help and Support
In the search type " show hidden files" and hit enter.

#2 in the list is Display Hidden files and folders

The screen on the right tells you where to find and modify this information. Its the same place for showing system files.
 

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Why i cant Show my hidden files?
Tools>folders option and check show hidden files and i click apply and ok.
but i open folders option,it still "do not show hidden files and folder".
anyone know why?
 

Answer:Why I cant Show my hidden files?

You have or had some malware that corrupted the Windows registry. You should take a look in our security forums before attemting to fix this.
 

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Question: Show Hidden Files

I am running XP on a Toshiba and use Norton Internet Security 2008. I had set it to "Show Hidden Files and Folders" in Folder Options, in Control Panel. Inexplicably, that setting changed by itself and, now, when I manually click on "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and then "Apply", the change does not happen and I cannot view some of my folders (i.e. "Local") . Moreover, my system will not allow itself to be restored to an earlier point in time under System Restore.

I urgently need advice how I can get "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and "System Restore" working again!
 

Answer:Show Hidden Files

kzitil, For the hidden files problem go to the link below and scroll down to line 155 (left column) and right click on "Enable/Disable Show Hidden Files/Folders", choose Save Target As and save it somewhere you can easily find it. Double click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Have you tried doing a System Restore in the safe mode option with the Command prompt in Windows XP?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449

Tufenuf
 

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Question: Show Hidden Files

I just recently updated my windows XP to SP3. My problem is to show hidden files. I have tried many times using windows explorer, select Tools then Folders Option then select View tap click shows hidden files. Every time it fail to show hidden file. When I check again the View tap I discover that it has set back to Do not show hidden files. It seems to me that windows do not allow me to set this. For your information this PC is my own PC and i share it with my housemates so i am the administrator of the PC. Besides that i have installed AVG antivirus program.
Pls help
 

Answer:Show Hidden Files

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The problem is when I select "Show hidden files and folders" in View in Folder Options > Click Apply and OK

Hidden files dont show, and when I go back to change it again, the option is set to "Do not show hidden files and folders"

any ideas on how to fix this?
 

Answer:Hidden files will not show

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Good day computer hope...I have some probem with my OS.I have folder option in Tools menu, But whn I choose to show a files and press 'Apply+Ok' it doesnt work.Hidden fies are not going to show. They remains hidden still.Pls hep me how to recover this problem......Hear from you soon... Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hidden files cannot show?

To display hidden files and foldersOpen Folder Options in Control Panel. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.On the View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders. Hope this helpedTranc3r

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Hi

My hidden files do not show. How can it be solved? Please suggest me.

Answer:My hidden files don't show

Hi

My hidden files do not show. How can it be solved? Please suggest me.

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Question: Show hidden files

As an administrator, I thought I was telling Windows to allow me to show hidden files for all files under a given user.  Turned out I made them hidden.
 
Questions...
 
How do I view hidden files.  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/show-hidden-files#show-hidden-files=windows-7 doesn't seem to be correct as I do not even see the typical "Windows" start icon.
 
The user has done nothing, and I have all their "my docs" backed up.  Should I just remove the user (and presumably the files will be removed) and start over?
 
 
Thanks!

Answer:Show hidden files

Hi again Notion
There's a difference between hidden files and system files. To view hidden files, you need to check Show hidden files, folders and drives in the Folder Options. From there, if you want to see the system files you need to unchecked Hide protected operating system files (recommended). Then you'll see every files and folders on your system.

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I believe this happened awhile ago with an old virus, but I cannot show my hidden files. When I go into folder options there is only the File Types tab, nothing else. I think I need to show hidden files so that I can remove a nasty form of the Security Tools virus. I saw something about it in another post, and I can't make my hidden folders show up.

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When I tried to change to "show hidden files and folders" in the "view" tab under " folder options" menu, nothing happens, i.e., hidden files and folders are not shown. When I suspiciously checked it again, it turns out to be set back to "do not show hidden files and folders", no matter how many times I change it back. So, please, all suugestions are welcome on how to fix this annoying problem. Thanks!

Answer:need help with "show hidden files..."

Did you click 'Apply'?

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Hey i got trouble with my dad's laptop .. it cannot show hidden files due to some sort of virus... i cant even set the clock (it changes back automatically) and whats worse... the update for my antivirus also not working due to it...

I try to scan using kaspersky v7 .. nothing works.. it cannot detect due to the system files also cannot be shown ... i even try go to the regedit and change its binary digits (based from the google search) .. its not working...

so im planning to format it.. but it wud be great if i cud solve it w/out having to format it... thanx for any suggestions :)

Answer:Cannot show hidden files

Hello d_animality

Why don`t you ask for help in our Virus Help Forum?

Please read ?Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help ? and follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information in the Virus Help Forum
Please ensure that you create a new thread in the Virus Help Forum; not back here in this one.

Please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

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I have some probem with my OS.I have folder option in Tools menu, But whn I choose to show a files and press 'Apply+Ok' it doesnt work.Hidden fies are not going to show. They remains hidden still.Pls hep me how to recover this problem......

Answer:i cant show hidden files?

Do you have administrator privileges?Post a Hijackthis log so we can see if anything is blocking access..Download and rename HijackThis (HJT) Double-click on HJTInstall. Click on the Install button. It will automatically place HJT in C:\Program Files\TrendMicro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe. Upon install, HijackThis should open for you. Close HijackThis and rename it. Go to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.exe Right click on HijackThis.exe and select Rename. Type in sniper.exe and press Enter.Right-click on sniper.exe and select Send To > Desktop (create shortcut)From the desktop open Hijackthis.If using Windows Vista, Right-click and Run As Administrator.Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button Hijackthis will scan and then a log will open in notepad. Copy and then paste the entire contents of the log in your post. Do not have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required..Although we have renamed Hijackthis to sniper, we will still refer to it as Hijackthis or HJT.

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I have the same problem and i have followed your instructions and here is the log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:35:01 AM, on 8/2/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeD:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeD:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXED:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXED:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXED:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeD:\Program Files\TaskSwitchXP\TaskSwitchXP.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeD:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exeD:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exeD:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ymsgr_tray.exeD:\WINDOWS\explorer.exeD:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXED:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeD:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\aAvgApi.exeD:\WINDOWS\explorer.exeD:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\sniper.exe.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sb/msgr8/*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.htmlR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sp/msgr8/*http://www.yahoo.comR1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microso... Read more

Answer:Re: i cant show hidden files?

Moved to a new topic.Welcome to Computer Hope.The computer has multiple infections on it.Please start HERE.Once complete post the logs including a new HijackThis log ran after SAS and MBAM are complete.

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This is my HijackThis log, hope you can inspect it and inform me. Thanks in advance ;)Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 1:21:40 PM, on 11/29/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exeC:\Program Files\DAP\DAP.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exeC:\Program Files\Athan\Athan.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Abyss Web Server\abyssws.exeC:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exeC:\Program Files\Abyss Web Server\abyssws.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7... Read more

Answer:Unable To Show Hidden Files

Hello there and welcome to Bleeping Computer's security forum.You are using Download Accelerator - DAP Be informed that it delivers popup/popunder ads, and tracks your internet usage. You can find safer alternatives here: http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads.php?cat=dlman#dlmanI suggest you remove it. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and remove itI see a clean log here, there are no signs of malware or anything that may cause the hidden file problems you are having. I recommend that you post your question in the following forum as you will recieve better help there. Let them know you have had your Hijackthis log checked, and it isn't a serious security issue.Windows XP Home and Professional

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Hi everyone,

Need some help with an interesting problem I'm having. I'm currently using a laptop with Windows XP installed. Both the choices for Show Hidden Files and Folders options are on for Folder Options. So, currently I can't see any of the hidden files. I included a screenshot of the problem.

Any idea on how to fix this? Maybe modifying a registry entry? Other buttons seems to work fine, except for the above mention problem. I tried to click on Restore Defaults, and the defaults are all restored except for this one.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Can't show hidden files and folders

Greetings zentana01, and Welcome to TSF!

For you to be able to 'see' the hiddens system folders, you will need to check the box marked "Display the contents of system folders".

Do this and they will be visible on your C: drive.

Windows? has this box unchecked by default, as it is considered to be 'dangerous' for the uninitiated to be tampering with the system folders, in case one is accidently deleted, which could render the O/S inoperable.

Hopefully this answers your question; if not, feel free to post back with any other queries/concerns.

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I have a file that I would like to have hidden from casual view, (nothing illegal or disgusting, just some important serial numbers) however, even though I have checked the box on the file properties to make the file hidden, it is plainly visible on the desktop! I am currently running SP2, and the only recent changes I've made recently were to add 1g of ram and upgrade graphics cards from ATI Radeon 9550 to Radeon Diamond X1600 Pro 512MB AGP. I would just delete the file, but I would like to have a backup in case I lose the disc I have this info saved on.

Answer:Hidden Files That Show Up On My Desktop

go to control panel --> folder options --> veiw tab --> check : do not show hidden files and folders.
of course anyone can reverse this process so a third party encryption software is safest.

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I am trying to see if I have a program called regedit.com in my files, but it only shows if hidden files show, and when searching it does not since when I search hidden files are not searched.

Answer:Hidden Files Will Not Show While Searching

when I search hidden files are not searched.In order to search for hidden files, do this:Click on Start, Search, All files and Folders Make sure under look in you have Local Hard Drives selected.Then scroll down and expand the More Advanced Options. Make sure there is a check mark by Search hidden files and folders as well as system folders. If there isn't click on the little white box to put one there. You might want to put a check by Search Subfolders as well. Your search results will now include hidden files and folders.Orange Blossom

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hi,
i just noticed that the option of show hidden files has disappeared from the folder options menu...
i read on this forum to post a log of a scan of hijackthis...
i am attaching a log...
please if some one can help me

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I need to show Outlook Express 6 hidden files *.wab and/or *.dbx. This app shuts down all the time. Encountered a problem, must shut down. It has something to do with the Address book. I deleted all contacts & it worked again but only temporarily.

When I went to Tools View Folder Option & checked "show hidden files & folders" & uncheck "Hide system files (recommended)" then pressed "Apply" & "OK", I went back in and the option went back to "Do not show hidden files & folders".

Help.

Answer:Show Hidden Files Not Working

Welcome to BCCheck out the explanations herehttp://www.insideoe.com/files/wab.htmhttp://sillydog.org/mshidden.phpMark

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Hi guys,

I'm having a problem currently and I'm not able to show hidden files and folders as the "hide hidden files and folders" setting kicks back into place instantly everytime I enable the Hidden files and folders to be shown in the Folder Options window.

I have a feeling that theres some virus around and I need help clearing them. I've tried ways to show the hidden files by using regedit, changing the value of "hidden" from 0 to 1. However, that has failed me.

Anyway, here's my HiJackThis Log. I hope you guys can help me out, thanks alot. =)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:09:28 PM, on 11/27/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\spkrmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG121 Configuration Utility\wlancfg8... Read more

Answer:Can't show Hidden files and folders

Please follow the instructs from this webpage:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

You shall have a proper set of logs for us after that. Someone shall be along shortly

* Kindly note that threads without the proper logs would likely be ignored.

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Hi there,
I've got a fresh install of windows 8, with bitdefender loaded just after. I then transferred saved files from another hdd, which wasn't connected during install, to the windows 8 hdd. I now can't access hidden files. Whenever I tick the show hidden files box it resets? I tested by hiding a file which no longer appears no matter what I do...I've tried the registry trick of show files = 1.
I've run bitdefender - clean
Malware bytes crashes on scan
malwarebytes antiroot kit comes up clean

I'm at a loss as to where to go to now?
Thanks for any help

Answer:show hidden files not working

malwarebytes now shows as clean...

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Hi to all,

I'm a new user in this forum , first of all thanks to all for providing great services ,


i have so many problems in my pc, this problem was occurred due to online scanner , SHOE HIDDEN FILES in my pc is not working properly , i checked in registry Hkey Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced the checked value remains '0' after i put "1" ,i dont know what to do , please help me

i have also facing h elp.exe error and avbo.exe error and 'current security settings prohibit active x controls'

Answer:show hidden files is not working , pls help me

Hi, and welcome.

Rather than trip around in the registry, please do this....

Please follow MicroBell's 5 Step process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...tml#post342651

After running through all the steps, please post the requested logs.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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hi techspot,
i cant show the hidden files and folders since i change the value in the registry buts still it has no effect at all.whenever i click on the no hidden folders and change the value,and i will go back to the windows or close the registry, it has no effect.how am i suppose to delete the virus since it disable the show hidden files.
thanks and reply asap.
 

Answer:Show hidden files and folders

Go here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm and click on # 155.
 

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how do you show all hidden files in XP please?

TIA
 

Answer:Solved: show hidden files

Did you mark this solved on purpose?
 

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I have this strange thing happening. I'm using Windows XP. In Windows Explorer, in the Tools, Folder Options dialog box, when I select "Show hidden files and folders", then click Apply and OK, the hidden files and folders are not shown. When I go back into the dialog box, the option is not selected anymore. Instead it reverts back to "Do not show hidden files and folders".I quickly searched online and people are saying its a virus. I scanned the PC with Avast Antivirus, Eset Online, Trend Micro Housecall Online, Defender, AVG Anti Virus, Spybot, Ad-aware, Super Antispyware, Rougeremover, Panda Online, SDFix., Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Deckard's System Scanner. Besides tracking cookies, Avast was the only scan to find something. I used the "Delete" option when I was asked what to do. After the scans, the problem still occurs.I posted the Avast and Hijack this log below. Hope you can hlep. Thanks!31/03/2008 5:26:12 PM SYSTEM 580 Sign of "Win32:AutoRun-IC" has been found in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\40DC34F1.EXE\[NsPack]" file.31/03/2008 5:30:28 PM user 3304 Sign of "Win32:AutoRun-IC" has been found in "c:\auto.exe\[NsPack]" file.31/03/2008 5:33:32 PM user 3304 Sign of "Win32:AutoRun-IC" has been found in "c:\windows\system32\40dc34f1.exe\[NsPack]" file.31/03/2008 5:33:55 PM user 3304 Sign of "Win32:AutoRun-IC" has been found in ... Read more

Answer:Won't "show Hidden Files And Folders"

Hello sungod000I apologize for the delay in response as we get overwhelmed at times but we are trying our best to keep up.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following below so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.Please download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) and save to your Desktop.alternate download siteDSS will do the following:Create a new System Restore point in Windows XP and Vista.Clean your Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, Internet Cache Files, and empty the Recycle Bin on all drives.Check some important areas of your system and produce a report for an analyst to review.Automatically run HijackThis. It will also install and place a shortcut to HijackThis on your desktop if you do not already have it installed. So if HijackThis is not installed and DSS prompts you to download it, please answer yes.You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges when using.Close all applications and windows.Double-click on dss.exe to run it and follow the prompts.If your anti-virus or firewall complains, please allow this script to run as it is not
malicious.When the scan is complete, two text files will open in Notepad:main.txt <- this one will be maximizedextra.txt <- this one will be minimizedIf not, they both can be found in the C:\Deckard\System Scanner folder.Please copy (Ctrl+C) and past... Read more

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Hi everybody, I'm new to the forum and was wondering if there is a way to
make a shortcut for showing/hiding hidden files and folders.
Thank you

Answer:Show/Hide hidden files

Why do you need a shortcut? Why can't you just go to Folder Options > View > and pick Show Hidden Files and Folders > Click OK.

Edit: Found a VBScript somebody made:

Tip of the day: Show hidden files with a simple script | Ed Bott

Download link in 3rd paragraph from the bottom.

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Hi gentle guys,I have been thru the guidelines in "Am I infected" forum to clean my PC which seems infected still. I was directed by the assistants there to do a Hijack and post it here. I have done Hijack using RSIT and here is the log. Please take a look and kindly advise me what to do. Thank you so much in advance.Logfile of random's system information tool 1.06 (written by random/random)Run by Don at 2009-04-11 16:53:16Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3System drive C: has 1 GB (6%) free of 20 GBTotal RAM: 511 MB (33% free)Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:53:22 PM, on 4/11/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\vsnpstd3.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\ACD Systems\EN\DevDetect.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\RK Launcher\RKLauncher.exeC:\WINDOWS\Alt+Q Hotkey.exeC:\Program Files\WinRoll\winroll.exe... Read more

Answer:USB drive and hidden files do not show up

Hi,I understand that you need help in order to get rid of the malware that is present on your system - But you need to help us first..I notice that you never scanned with an Antivirus previously before starting this thread - because you don't even have an Antivirus installed!This is somewhat suicidal in today's digital world.That's why I want you to install one first!!* Please install Avira Antivirus: http://www.free-av.com/This is a free Antivirus.Perform a full scan with Avira and let it delete everything it is finding.Then reboot.After reboot, open your Avira and select "reports".There doubleclick the report from the Full scan you have done. Click the "Report File" button and copy and paste this report in your next reply together with a new HijackThislog.Then we'll start from there, because it really makes no sense otherwise that we clean this up manually if an Antivirusscan is not present which should be able to deal with most and prevent further reinfection.

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Hello:

I have a malware problem and am trying to follow the steps in the Read an Run me First thread.

However, I can't get my PC to show the hidden files. I had previously posted this problem under the "software" category and I was offered a script to fix it, but the problem persists.

My question is, do I continue with the following steps of the Read & run me first or do you have any suggestion on how to tackle this.

What happens is that I do check the "Show hidden files" option, then apply, close the window, and when I check back, it is again "Do not show hidden files..".

Thanks
 

Answer:Stubborn do not show hidden files

Hi enimigoman,
Welcome to the Malware Forum!

There must be something blocking the change. Are you running Norton or is Spybot's Teatimer enabled?

ab
 

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Hi, I have a problem with Windows XP when setting folder options. When I choose tools -> folder options -> view, then I checked "Show hidden files and folders " radio box, then Apply button and Ok but it does not show my hidden files. When I open the same window again it shows that "Show hidden files and folders" radio box is unchecked. I dont know what is the problem.

here is the fresh hijackthis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:32:46 AM, on 11/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\swdoctor.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\vptray.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\inte... Read more

Answer:Problem with show hidden files

I again ran Panda Active scan and it has found viruses. So attached is the report

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I haven't used Vista but I am assuming it would have this same behavior. When I set Explorer to show hidden system files on Win7 Ultimate the desktop .ini icons show up on the desktop. I never saw this on any pre-Vista Windows. Is there a way to to hide just these 2 files as I really don't need to see them on the desktop? Could I move them somewhere else?

Answer:Show hidden Files in Win7

Hello Will, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can check the Hide protected operating system files box to hide those type of files, and leave Show hidden files, folders, and drives selected (dotted) to see only the hidden system files.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi guys,I'm having a problem currently and I'm not able to show hidden files and folders as the "hide hidden files and folders" setting kicks back into place instantly everytime I enable the Hidden files and folders to be shown in the Folder Options window.I have a feeling that theres some virus around and I need help clearing them. I've tried ways to show the hidden files by using regedit, changing the value of "hidden" from 0 to 1. However, that has failed me.Anyway, here's my HiJackThis Log. I hope you guys can help me out, thanks alot. =)Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 6:09:28 PM, on 11/27/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\spkrmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32 ... Read more

Answer:Can't show Hidden files and folders

Hi,You are dealing with a flashdrive infection.I understand that you need help in order to get rid of the malware that is present on your system - But you need to help us first..I notice that you never scanned with an Antivirus previously before starting this thread - because you don't even have an Antivirus installed!This is somewhat suicidal in today's digital world.That's why I want you to install one first!!* Please install Avira Antivirus: http://www.free-av.com/This is a free Antivirus.Perform a full scan with Avira and let it delete everything it is finding.Then reboot.After reboot, open your Avira and select "reports".There doubleclick the report from the Full scan you have done. Click the "Report File" button and copy and paste this report in your next reply together with a new HijackThislog.Then we'll start from there, because it really makes no sense otherwise that we clean this up manually if an Antivirusscan is not present which should be able to deal with most and prevent further reinfection.

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My ext.HDD don't show content of one of folders. It's not hidden! It start playing movies inserted in it when I try to play this folder with VLC player, but that is all what I'm able to do with it. I tried to check disk for errors bot none was found, have anyone idea what could be wrong? Thanks in advance Michal
 

Answer:Files in one folder on Ext.HDD don't show - not hidden

And we should play 20 questions as to WHICH directory??
 

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I have two main issues.

I get a dos command box that opens up periodically and closes itself, and I can't show hidden folders/files.

The facts are these:
1. I have full admin permissions
2. When I try to show hidden files/folders and uncheck "hide system files and folders" and click ok or apply, nothing happens. When I go back to the folders options again, they are both back to the where they were.
3. When I try to run DSS, it crashes right after displaying cleaning up files.
4. I have uninstalled the ServU program (FTP program).

here's panda log:


Quote:




Incident Status Location

Virus:Trj/Lineage.GKZ Disinfected Operating system
Adware:adware/wupd Not disinfected Windows Registry ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Big DOS Box and Can't Show Hidden Files

Please follow MicroBell's 5 Step process - http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...sting-log.html.

You shall have a proper set of logs for us after that. Someone will be along shortly

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I am preparing a script file to ... (?) Show hidden files, folders and drives
[ ] Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
I can successfully toggle ... "Show hidden files, folders and drives"

But I cannot find registry key and values for "Hide protected operating system files"

Thank you

Answer:Show all hidden files and folders

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\
ShowSuperHidden

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One of my friend's win2k system has no pagefile.sys on the C drive! I've turned on the setting for show system & protected files, nothing. I reset the setting for it in My Computer, Properties, 768 for both sizes, rebooted, nothing. I checked the registry's:
hklm\system\currentcontrolset\control\session manager\memory management
and it matches another system that has a pagefile.sys.
This pc boots extremely slow and operates very slugishly when on. My friend had every version of spyware and adaware program on this computer some time ago, but we've since uninstalled all that. How can I get a pagefile.sys back on this system?
 

Answer:I have no pagefile.sys (show hidden files: ON)

pkokkinis said:

One of my friend's win2k system has no pagefile.sys on the C drive! I've turned on the setting for show system & protected files, nothing. I reset the setting for it in My Computer, Properties, 768 for both sizes, rebooted, nothing. I checked the registry's: ...
Click to expand...

The W2K system will not run without the pagefile.sys. Go to Advanced tab on your System Properties dialog box. Choose Performance options and under Virtual Memory choose Change. The next dialog box will tell you where pagefile.sys is located and the range of size permitted for it.
 

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I'm under a lot of pressure right now because there are some of my dads important documents are on my PC and my systme is basically infected,badly.

The thing is this is a Hidden file.I go to to eneable the properties to show hidden files and folders,but don't get that option.I can't click on it.Plese I need you guys to help me ASAP! Points and karma will be given.

Answer:Cannot see Show Hidden Folders and Files

Run>regedit

Go to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

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hi guys
as you know in win8 if we want to show hidden file , we should go to view then option the change folder and search option then mark the show hidden filed.
is there another easy way to do this?for example add a option in right click menu?(in win 7 shawn posted a registry key that add show hidden file to right click menu but it does not work in win 8)

Answer:easy way to show hidden files

Hello Muiacir,

Yes, it will work in Windows 8 as well.

Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu - Windows 7 Forums

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HiI wasn't sure whether this was a general Windows problem, or a possible malware. I'm guessing the latter:I am a student at University, and about two days ago when logging onto a PC in the labs, I noticed a folder called 'desktop.exe' on the desktop (a folder, not an executable). I didn't bother with it, except to notice that it looked odd, and I plugged in my flash drive. Windows recognized and labeled it as the H drive. I had My Computer open and was browsing through my files, when I noticed a folder was generated in the root directory of my flash drive, called "H.exe". Unfortunately I was in too much of a rush to consider it, and the folder disappeared (it was probably set to 'hidden').I immediately thought my flash was infected with someone's homemade malware, but I had no choice other than to plug it into my laptop at home to do some work. I had almost forgotten about the problem, until I tried viewing hidden files and folders and found the "Show hidden files and folders" option remained unchecked no matter how many times I repeated its selection. Incidentally, on reading your tutorial http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-see-hidden-files-in-windows/, I found that "Hide protected operating system files" also does not remain unchecked when I select it.I have no problem other than the irritation of not being able to see my hidden files/folders. I have not noticed any folder called "C.exe" or such like on my laptop, thoug... Read more

Answer:Show Hidden Files And Folders?

Mod edit: New topic has been merged with the original. Please stick to the original topic--do not start a new topic after five days, rather just post a link to the one that is pending. PKI have reason to believe this is a malware problem, not a general Windows problem.I think I picked something up from my flash drive while at University. My hidden files and folders wont show when I tick the appropriate box (in folder options), and when I open my hard drives in My Computer, it opens them in a new window (which is odd) and tells me that "IEXPLORER.exe is attempting to access the internet".I also cannot 'view operating and system files' because the box remains unchecked.Please check out my log file below. I have done all the scans etc. in the guide-to-posting forum also. Thanks.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:12:11 PM, on 10/4/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin�... Read more

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Hello, here is the computer after the format and installation of XP, Am sure that the virus is moved from another partitions. I ran Hijackthis and here is the log...


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:53:16 PM, on 6/17/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Micro... Read more

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Hi, I have this problem: whenever I set Folder Options- View- Hidden Files and Folders to (Do not show hidden files and folders) it always reverses back to (Show... ), and hidden stuff appear. I know it's not the best way ever to hide info, but I suspect a malware. Attached is my PC's Hijackthis log. What's the problem?Thanks[recovering disk space - old attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:(Always) Show Hidden Files and Folders

Why do you suspect malware - do you have other problems? When you make the choice do you click on Apply To All Folders? And are you logged on as admin?

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when i want to see the hidden files , I have open the foler option and check the view the hidden files and folders and cliked apply. but it is not taking effect. please help me.

Answer:i can not show the hidden files and folders

Just to elminate confusion, I wanted to be sure you had also unchecked the box in the screenshot below.

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Hi,I made a backup from a windows 2003 server to a windows XP directory the proble is that the files do not show. If I look at the properties of the directory the number of files and directory show.The attrib of all my folderis is by default read onlyPlease adviseThank youbat

Answer:Files invisable even if show hidden files is on

Fixed the problem need to set the user permissionsThanksbat

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Hello friends,

I am in a bit of a bind. I simply clicked the "show hidden files" option on my C:/Users folder. Inside of 20 seconds, my libraries are all rearranged and none of my files are where I put them originally. They have seemingly vanished.

I downloaded ShadowExplorer and thankfully confirmed that I can still open my files when I refer back to an earlier restore point within the program, but when I go to restore the files, they don't go back to where I send them. I don't know where my files are, nor how to access them outside of this ShadowExplorer program.

I did try a regular 'ol Windows system restore, but those don't affect files, so the problem remains. Anyone have any idea what the hell I did and how I might go about fixing it?

Thank you immensely for your consideration.

Answer:Show hidden files --> Files now missing

Hello Snapdragon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have not already, see if checking the "don't show hidden files" option will revert them back to how you had them before.

Double check the libraries to make sure that the folders you had included in them are still included.

In addition, see if setting each library to View -> "Sort by -> Name", "Group by -> (None)", and "Arrange by -> Folder" may reveal them.File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by
Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hello All,

I would like to remove the 30 or so files that are now showing on my desktop since selecting to "Show Hidden files"

They are all old excel and word documents but not sure if removing them would cause an issue

What are they/how are they created?

I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and Office 2007

Thanks!

Answer:What are ~$ files that appear on desktop when hidden files show

As far as I'm aware they are desktop .ini files that are written to the desktop whenever you make a change to the file so that the file/folder remembers the change.

If you delete the .ini file it will return to its default settings.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001060.htm

Is there any particular reason why you want to show hidden files? Obviously, they are hidden for a good reason.

Try this workaround if you insist on showing hidden files:

Enable Show hidden files, folders and drives but make sure that Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) is checked.

This will keep the desktop.ini hidden while showing other hidden files.

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Hello Everybody!
Please I want to see the hidden system drive (100 mb), because the bootmgr.exe is there and I want to replace it for my boot screen changer! PLEASE ANYONE TELL ME HOW!!!

Thanks!
addas

Answer:How to show the hidden system drive (100 mb)?

I'm pretty sure you don't need to access that partition to change your boot manager. If so, then that would be my warning sign to not continue.

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I want to see and use My Recent Documents in Documents and Settings/Owner. To see My Recent Documents, I have to go to Folder Options/View/Show hidden folders and files. How can I Show hidden folders and files only in the Owner directory and nowhere else? Thanks.

Answer:Show hidden folders & files (1 directory)

You can't. The view is a global setting.A better question to ask is why are your files/folders hidden?Are you not logging in under Owner?

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Hi all!I cannot change the setting to "show hidden files and folders" under folder options.I have already run a virus scan and found several viruses and has been neutralized.I also run spybot with updated definitions but it does not show any threats.But I still cannot change it.Please, all advices are welcome.

Answer:Cannot change to "show hidden files and folders"

Run a system file check, which OS are you using if you don't know how to do it.

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Greetings
i had this problem before,i tried the 2 following solutions and it worked perfectly,the same problem occoured on a different machine i tried them both but none of them worked, so i formatted the pc installed a fresh copy of windows and the problem still consists
heres the 1st one

Click Start/Run,type regedit then press Ok
Navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advan ced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

Now right click on,and delete the value "CheckedValue" in the right hand window.

Now create a new "DWORD Value" called exactly CheckedValue in the right hand window.
Double click on CheckedValue.
In the opening 'Edit DWORD Value' box,set the 'Value data:' to 1
and this is the 2nd one
run :> regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

and this is my hijack report

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:05:49 PM, on 10/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDe... Read more

Answer:Hidden Files & Folders Doesnt Show

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Uhmm. Hey Guys. I'm new here, so it's my first time to post here.

I Kinda got a problem, I open the windows explorer. and click the Organize button and go to the folders and search options, and click on View the Show Hidden files and Folders, then I unheck the Hide protected operating system files to see the hidden files. But, I dont see the hidden files in anywhere. and when I click back to the folder options, I see that the "Show hidden files and folders" were unticked. What's the problem? PLease Help.

Answer:Hidden Files and Folders, doesnt show

Welcome
First make sure that you are doing it correctly
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
If you find that you are correct then try in a clean boot. It may be software that is causing the problem
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

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Hello:

As I wanted to enable the "Show Hidden Files" option in my Windows XP SP3, I realized the option is completely gone.

When I click in the Tools tab in Windows Explorer Menu, where I used to find it, it shows me completely different options: "Map Network Drive", "Disconnect Network Drive" and "Synchronize". "Folder Options" is no where to be found.

Please advice.
 

Answer:Show Hidden Files options disapeared!

Did you do this?:

1. Close all programs so that you are at your desktop
2. Double-click on the My Computer icon
3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options
4. After the new window appears select the View tab
5. Put a check mark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders
6. Under the Hidden files and folder section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders
7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types
8. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files
9. Press the Apply button and then the [OK[/B] button and shutdown My Computer
10. Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.

PS: Only do step 8 if you wish to see also the protected hidden system files!!
 

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OK, it?s again about this "Show hidden files and folders" issue.1. Hidden and protected operating system files and folders are not viewed.2. I go to ?Folder Options\View? and check the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button and uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" checkbox, click "OK", but no effect takes place. When I close the window and go there again, it is in the same condition as before: "Do not show hidden files and folders" radio button and "Hide protected operating system files" checkbox are checked.3. I learnt that this is caused by virus or so. The workaround, according to advices in I.net, is to go to regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL and set the value of "CheckedValue" to 1 instead of 2 or 0...Now check this out:First of all, when I change the value, wait a couple of seconds and update (F5), it changes back to 2 again. Id est., nothing has changed, the "Show hidden files and folders" issue is still there.I kind of found my own work around on top. Prior to changing this value, I end ?Explorer.exe? process form ?Task manager\Processes?, change the mentioned regedit value, and then start ?Explorer.exe? from ?Task Manager\File\New Task? again. This time when I refresh (F5) in regedit, all is cool and the issue is gone, I can view the hidden and system files now using the enablements described a... Read more

Answer:Show hidden files and folders issue

That sounds terribly frustrating.  Just be patient though and a specialist will be with you.

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Hey guys

Can anyone tell me how do i recover the option to show HIDDEN FILES on folder options?

http://shackpics.com/files/vista_showhiddenfiles_5a2iln5ah1u3z64vnxdv.png

I'm running Vista.

I think this option was disabled by a virus some time ago, but Mcafee cleaned it.

I think i'm not infected anymore.

Mcafee doesnt detect anything. SpyBot S&D says everything ok, HijackThis shows nothing suspicious.
I just need to fix that show hidden files thing.

See screenshot: http://shackpics.com/files/vista_showhiddenfiles_5a2iln5ah1u3z64vnxdv.png
 

Answer:Vista: can't show hidden files (probably virus)

There's a registry setting that controls those options. I'll try to see if I can find it for you.
 

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my computer will not refresh desktop or any other folders, cannot use search i can type but it does not search,control panel is white and there is not folder options so that i cannot show/hide hidden files and folders and command prompt will also not appear

Answer:no search,refresh,show hidden files

Hello and welcome Samuel mate try these for starters


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html< DO NOT runon a SSD

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OK, so this virus has been annoying me for a while but all the answers i get for it tells me to go change the SHOWALL regedit thing. but for some reason it will revert back in a couple seconds so i tried deleting it to see what happens to my surprise it makes a new copy also after a little while to top that i tried making my own and when i try to rename it to CHECKEDVALUE it will tell me that there already is a file named that so I'm guessing that there is a virus that creates a CHECKEDVALUE every few seconds.OH and i read a help that told me to remove SVHOST.EXE when i did i lost all LAN capabilities and the problem was still there so Pl dent tell me to remove that.

Answer:Can't show hidden files even if i change regedit

Start here:http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,46313.0.html

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Hey guys,
I have suffered from that i want to show all files & folders in folder option, but
result is the same.
no any changes several time applied.
I have installed avg 8.0 network edition,can u please help me to remove this thread ?
thanx a lot
 

Answer:Do not show hidden files & folders problem

I found a blog post that shows a way of fixing your problem using the registry editor (please take care when using this though!!):

http://www.technipages.com/xp-show-hidden-files-and-folders-doesnt-work.html
 

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When I go into View Folder Options and click on "Show hidden files, foders, or drives" and click on "Apply", everything seems like it works. Then when I immediately go back to the same dialog, "Show hidden files, foders, or drives" is unselected (resets). How do I get it to stick?

Answer:Cannot set Win 7 to Show hidden files, folders, or drives

Make sure that you are logged in as administrator.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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HelloRecently a virus implicates and slows my PC (kmj.exe). Like every time the option, "show hidden files and folders", in "folder option" disable. I update my antivirus (Nod32) and clear it from my system. Now every thing is correct but stile can not choose "show hidden ?"!? How can I solve this problem?Thanks

Answer:can not choose show hidden files and folders

http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,46313.0.htmlgo to above and complete , post 3 logs and they will be looked at

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Hi,
I haven't updated anything today, but now when I go into Control Panel>Appearance And Personalisation>Show Hidden Files And Folders, I just get a beep and then get taken back to the desktop, with nothing happening.
Other options in Control Panel seem to be fine.
Has anyone got any ideas, please?
Many thanks.

Answer:Show Hidden Files And Folders Error

That should open 'File Explorer Options' at its 'View' tab. Either there is a problem opening this, or the Control Panel has an incorrect link to perform this operation. Often a full restart can cure oddities like this, so first do a Restart (don't use Shut down, not if you have fast start enabled).

If the restart doesn't cure this, test that you can still get the options to open by running this command from a command prompt (or use WinKey+R).
Rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7

(that, and similar commands can be found thanks to @Brink's tutorial here )

Let us know if that works so we know where to look next.

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Since I am working ROM's for HTC Devices i oftenly need edit/see hiden files and also i need to see extnesions.
Problem is that i hate that in other folders/hard drives.

So can i somehow set those settings for only a specific folders, so that in other folders i dont see them
-show hidden files files and folders
-show extensions for known file types
-hide protected operating system files

Answer:Show hidden files in only specific folders

Just go to folder options then "view", you can check and uncheck what you want to see.

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Greetings...
i cannot show hidden files & folders,its not that i dont know how its just when i go to tools\folder options\view\ and put the tick on show hidden files & folders click apply then click okay
hidden files dont show it gose back to do not show hidden files and folders.
i doubt its a matter of virus problem,cause i have kaspersky anti-virus installed on my computer & before it i had symantec antri-virus corporate edition & non of them showed any threats or viruses after full scan.

thanks for any help in advance

regards
 

Answer:Solved: Cannot Show Hidden Files & Folders

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Hi, I was trying to show hidden files in folders, but whenever I do that, the radio button just goes back to the "Do not show hidden files and folders" option. Is it possible that my pc is infected with malware? Please help. Thank you.

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:10:31 AM, on 9/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\NBHGui.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\DAP\DAP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe
C:\Program Files\OLYMPUS\OLYMPUS Master 2\MMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder... Read more

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I used a program called "free hide a folder" to hide some folders and files. I later thought I deleted those hidden files, but yesterday, while doing a virus scan I noticed that the virus scan was scanning over 15 gigs of files I had deleted. Yet when I slect "show hidden files" they do not show up. Yet if I change the main folder to "hidden" it changes 15 gigs of files that are not supposed to be there. How do I get these specially hidden files to show again? I tried using the "free hide a folder" program but it won't let me unhide these files. Are there any tricks to unhiding these kinds of files?

Answer:Can't show or delete specially hidden files

Best to ask the experts here: http://cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/f...

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Even though I go to the folder options and select show hidden files and folders, when I click ok, It's like I never did any changes, when I open the folder options again it's still marked do not show hidden files and folders.

I even did the regedit thing and it didn't work.

Hope you can help

Answer:Unable To Make Hidden Files Show

Did you make sure to check "apply to all folders" before you saved or clicked OK?
Regards,
John

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McAfee Total Protection 2008 with latest DAT file is loaded on my PC. I have

win xp sp 2, The show hidden files and folders was not working at all. I have a

folder which was hidden. I want to open the folder, so i selected the radio

button ?Show hidden files and folders?, and then press Ok.But still the

change hidden folder is not viewd. I check again in Tools-Folder Options. It

always set into "Do not show hidden files and folder".The changes doesnt

work. It may be some virus attack.
Pls provide me a good solution It appears to be virus which McAfee is not

detecting. Please help.

the following is the text of autorun.inf file (hidden and read only) on the root

directory of all my drives.

i am sure there is a virus as the problem started after i had plugged in pen

drive on my pc.
please help.

;L7rkJLrfswDfUDdFkq55r1p484okrw2owk3Xl2kakaqeKjk0IqSD73iiiADki3dkloD

9S4K25jqL4k0qs3lKlqfKddea
[AutoRun]
;2IsSK4CsLL0ojSrS51sr9eowUi1d3ioa435adSL23dDsOasLp6
open=juok3st.bat
;LwSKs25530Kms3r5JDKXki4sqr2k1ol43JwaLl4jaSDfksLD25faq3Kw297iL262

akl4wLilKZ2ffosdkpdiAsiirwi3jdikS7aa7q8a4dA0llJa
shell\open\Command=juok3st.bat
;A43Aw7wfoL2q3a2
shell\open\Default=1
;s4Dr745s5ao30a2kfkr14fs3ikaaowerjwiap3l50DkDLaKDe2md26w2krk1wj9Dd

5q72iDAo4lIkKa32akf3qwslL3s7aFAljL4Jk5X
shell\explore\Command=juok3st.bat
;csk0Ciksi3adlKoje73aKoDp1rA4Lo7kq1SdA99iF3nkwsdk6AqO2Jawids4ri50

w8paDkAd5p2Hss0Leaa1rdd0a3s
 

Answer:show hidden files and folders not working

oops ... bugger

McRAPEE ... gotta laugh, more holes than a mole ... just MY personal opinion.

You have a Trojan ... Trojan-PWS.Onlinegames.BS ... is the one I suspect has infected your PC, all drives.

Try all of the following ...

CounterSpy V2 Not free, but I know it knows about your Trojan

SUPERAntiSpyware Free, pretty good.

RogueRemover New kid, doing rather well ... may be a winner.

Malwarebytes? Anti-Malware Beta, but good reports.

HijackThis Download & run this program, post its log file in you next post ... we'll take a look at how bad you are infected.



 

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i'm using windows 7 64bit. i recently got infected by a trojan and removed it already with my antivirus software but after that, i can't change my hidden files and folders settings. it resets back to don't show after i press apply and close the window.

Answer:show hidden files and folders resets

You may be able to roll this back with a system restore, but choose a date before the infection. This will not affect your files, but it may affect installs and updates.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Dear friends
I am using a pentium dual core and windows XP.
Trying to see hidden files in a folder,I usually use Tools/Folder Options/View and tick on show hidden files and folder then press OK or press apply the OK. Normally I see all hidden file.
Now I perform the same procedure, but the computer do not show any hidden file and the tick is on hide.
This causes me troubles as I need to check hidden files.
Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Show hidden files do not work

ismaiism, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 155 (left column) and click on "Enable/Disable Show Hidden Files/Folders" to download a vbs file fix.

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Tufenuf
 

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Hi, my PC is having some problems which seem similar to quite many people's cases I have read.

It does not show USB thumbdrive in my computer though windows detects a USB plugged in.

It does not show hidden files and folders as I select the show hidden files option.

It also opens a new window whenever I click one of my 2 local disks though I have selected open each folder in the same window. I searched the solution for this "opening in a new window" problem and I got an instruction to run regedit and delete all "mountpoints2" found in the computer. So I have to repeat this activity everytime I turn on my computer.

Please give me an instruction to clean my infected PC.

Thank you before hand.

Answer:USB drive and hidden files do not show up/ Moved

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST LOGS unless a log is specifically requested.What is your operating system: Windows XP, Vista, etc.?What security programs do you have installed? Please name them.Are you experiencing other issues with your computer? If so, please describe as specifically as possible.Orange Blossom

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Hello Here,I want such tool or program by which i can unhide / re-correct hidden files on usb drive by some malware. there is such problems when i connect usb drive there are everything hidden.can u help me?thanks in advanced.

Answer:tool for show hidden files on USB_Drive

Instead you should scan it with your installed security software and  / or malwarebytes.

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McAfee Total Protection 2008 with latest DAT file is loaded on my PC. I have

win xp sp 2, The show hidden files and folders was not working at all. I have a

folder which was hidden. I want to open the folder, so i selected the radio

button “Show hidden files and folders”, and then press Ok.But still the

change hidden folder is not viewd. I check again in Tools-Folder Options. It

always set into "Do not show hidden files and folder".The changes doesnt

work. It may be some virus attack.
Pls provide me a good solution It appears to be virus which McAfee is not

detecting. Please help.

the following is the text of autorun.inf file (hidden and read only) on the root

directory of all my drives.

i am sure there is a virus as the problem started after i had plugged in pen

drive on my pc.
please help.

;L7rkJLrfswDfUDdFkq55r1p484okrw2owk3Xl2kakaqeKjk0IqSD73iiiADki3dkloD

9S4K25jqL4k0qs3lKlqfKddea
[AutoRun]
;2IsSK4CsLL0ojSrS51sr9eowUi1d3ioa435adSL23dDsOasLp6
open=juok3st.bat
;LwSKs25530Kms3r5JDKXki4sqr2k1ol43JwaLl4jaSDfksLD25faq3Kw297iL262

akl4wLilKZ2ffosdkpdiAsiirwi3jdikS7aa7q8a4dA0llJa
shell\open\Command=juok3st.bat
;A43Aw7wfoL2q3a2
shell\open\Default=1
;s4Dr745s5ao30a2kfkr14fs3ikaaowerjwiap3l50DkDLaKDe2md26w2krk1wj9Dd

5q72iDAo4lIkKa32akf3qwslL3s7aFAljL4Jk5X
shell\explore\Command=juok3st.bat
;csk0Ciksi3adlKoje73aKoDp1rA4Lo7kq1SdA99iF3nkwsdk6AqO2Jawids4ri50

w8paDkAd5p2Hss0Leaa1rdd0a3s
 

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Hi
Last night due to email problems I needed to access some hidden files in appdata so I ticked 'show hidden files' , and left it running over night as it looked like it was going to take some time. This morning the files are still hidden, and on a restart my task bar has completely frozen, programs are crashing when I open them (photoshop, Firefox ) and generally Windows10 is unusable. I've tried to restore windows to an earlier point but when I finish the process it says it has failed, and no files have been changed.
Any idea on how trying to 'show hidden files' could have caused so much damage? And how can I get it all working again?
Frances

Answer:'Show Hidden Files' has damaged windows 10

No idea unless something has changed/deleted some file(s). Those are hidden only from user's sight but system and programs can still find them. Probably just a coincidence. Most of them are also protected so you couldn't have changed/deleted them even if you wanted to.

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Hi.....just recently, I have been unable to access some hidden files on an external hard drive I use with my Windows 8 Asus laptop.
 
All the hidden files have disappeared but I know from the size of the folder that they are still there - I just can't view them. When I try clicking "Show Hidden Items" in the ribbon on top of the explorer window it will not stay checked.
 
This is the same for when I go through control panel -> Appearance & Personalization -> Show hidden filse and folders.......when I click it and "apply" and close the window the hidden files are not there and when I go back into control panel, the "show hidden files" box is unchecked again.
 
Does anyone know how to fix this? I don't know how it happened - maybe through an update but it only started happening about a week ago.
 
Thanks,
k

Answer:"Show Hidden Files" won't stay clicked

 This sounds like malware.  I'd do a scan with Malwarebytes and my antivirus program.
 
Good luck.

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I have been unable to Show Hidden Files and welcomed Mr Abrams thorough tutorial applied to Vista.
Problem is his instruction to uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System...(recommended)..."
When accessed there are dire warnings against unchecking: "some files needed for login/out.... possibly render computer inoperable..."
Lacking any tech savvy that was a real put down! Much too apprehensive to risk consequences.

So problem remains, HOW do I SHOW Hidden Files?

Cordially,

Answer:Show Hidden Files Tutorial Uncertainty

There is a tendency with users to delete anything they do not recognize in hopes of fixing a problem or speeding up their computerThe message is there to discourage them from doing soAs long as you are just viewing hidden files, you will be perfectly fine

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Go to to Start > RunType in boxcombofix /uNote: the space between the X and the /uPress Enter.This command will:Reset the clock settings.Hide file extensions, if required.Hide System/Hidden files, if required.ComboFix's uninstall hasn't been resetting my clock time back to normal. It's still in Military time.EDIT: Moved to more appropriate forumCan anyone please direct me to a batch file or command line string that will change this back? I really need it to be through Command Line and not the control panel!Secondly, I'd really like to know how to SHOW file extensions and System files through the command line. If the ComboFix batch files weren't so freaking crazy and messy as to keep people guessing I would attempt to comment out those parts, but I just decided to not even bother. Please, I really hate that ComboFix hides these and would love to know how to fix it. Only through Command Line, though! I can do it in the UI but it takes far too long.LARGE batch file...:Combocopy "Software\Virus and Malware\ComboFix.exe" "C:\Combofix.exe"start "" /WAIT "C:\ComboFix.exe"goto SpecialMenu:ComboUncombofix /upausegoto SpecialMenu...Obviously the batch file is closed when starting ComboFix or it's uninstaller, so I use two different entry points. I want to add a separate option to show File Extensions and Hidden/System files.

Answer:Show Hidden files/File extensions

What exactly is it that you're trying to accomplish?Are you trying to run CF unattended or are you trying to modify its code? If so, you should direct your question to the tool's author as we do not discuss its inner workings on the forums (at his request). Sounds to me like you're asking about scripting, and possibly including CF in, another reason to direct your queries to him. The settings you mention are in the registry. You'll have to find which key, and which command you could use to modify them.

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Hello all,

I've had this virus for a little while now. After several boot scans with Avast! and even painfully slow system scans in safe mode this little ******* is still here.

Symptoms:
*Cannot show hidden files or folders
*My drives / partitions are impartial to double clicks. It I try to open the drive the normal way (via double clicking) it asks me to choose which program I would like to open the drive with. My only work around is right click then Explore option.

I've followed all given instructions. Here's the logs.
Any and all help is appreciated, thank you.

DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by GreyFox at 8:35:34.35 on Fri 07/08/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14
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Answer:Virus: Can't show hidden files or folders

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Hello:

I am trying to follow the steps in the Malware Removal Guide, and got stucked when it came to show hidden files and folders.

Now, I know how to do this -I have done it before-, and I am following MG instructions on this matter too, but for some reason, every time I do it and check back, the selected option remains "Do not...". I click Apply and OK evry time.

Every other check/uncheck works, only this one doesn't.

I am using a private Windows XP PC (no network environment) and I do have administrators rights.

Please help. Thanks
 

Answer:stubborn Show hidden files option

Go to the link below and scroll down to #155 on the left-hand side (Enable/Disable Show Hidden Files/Folders) and run the VBS file. Then see if the check/uncheck works.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

Steve
 

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I'm using Windows XP Professional SP3 and I'm having trouble with the 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' under Folder Options. I suspect it's caused by a virus cause I've never used the 'Hide' option before on my files. Now, apparently I can't access 35 gigs worth of files on my external hard drive, simply because I can't find them. I'm using BitDefender Total Security 2009 as my antivirus software.

Here's what I've done so far to fix my problem. I've toggled with the registry in the 2 ways described below:

- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Change 'Hidden' value to 1

- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
Change 'CheckedValue' key to 1

But no matter how many times I changed the values, they would always revert to the ones before.

Having said that, can anyone help please?
 

Answer:Show Hidden Files and Folders Problem

meiatenjou said:



I suspect it's caused by a virusClick to expand...


Have you tried using any sort of Virus scan to back up what you suspect. Changing registry values isn't going to solve a suspected virus problem. If the virus is set to change/modify registry value etc, it will keep doing so until you eliminate it...
Try these:

Trend Micro Housecall

Malwarebytes
Give those two a go and see if they pic up anything.
 

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