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Q: Unable to change file's attribute

Hello to all and Happy New Year,

I have very strange problem, I have found virus on my USB stick which my Mcafee antivirus succesfully cleaned. However, there were a few files infected, which after they'd been cleaned, became hidden. I'm unbale to change that attribute in file's properties since it is gray. I don't know what to do. I have checked and I as an administartor of machine have rights to read and write atributes.
Is there any other way to change this "hidden" attribute?
I'm using Win XP professional.

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A: Unable to change file's attribute

I managed to fix this. I found that antivirus somehow set attribute to these files as system files. I noticed that when I tried to remove hidden attribute by attrib command manually in cmd prompt.
So, command
attrib -s -h file_name.doc solve problem.
Only problem is I needed to repeat command 10 times, one for each file. I wonder if only I could do it for all automatically...

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Due to some virus my some files got hidden with System Files properties.
After I select option "Show Hidden Files and Folders" my files are shown only if I uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" in Folder Option.

So how can I change properties of My Files to cancel Hidden option???

how to make my files attributes normal from System files??

A:Change System File Hidden attribute to Normal File attribute

Click Start->Run
type cmd

attrib -S C:\1.txt

attrib is keyword to set attribute
-S if for to remove System Attribute

For more info:

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My families vista system got infected with malware(Antimalware doctor) and (as the computer had already been restarted twice by this point anyway) I elected to attempt to remove the offending files from safe mode. I deleted the registry keys first with relative success but had more trouble hunting down the offending files. In the end I found the filepath in a shortcut but found that the folders in question were hidden. After making the hidden files visible folder by folder for I while I decided to accelerate the process and told it to make all hidden files visible. As this was the case with my own computer, I didn't anticipate any problems but after a 3 min long "attribute change" suddenly all the files in the relevant users account had disappeared, rather than being joined by a few previously hidden folders.(In fact, aside from a previously open window, the account as a whole had disappeared). According to the windows accounts page, the account in question is still there and using a sizable chunk of hard disk space, but I can find no other evidence of it or the files.

My only two theories right now are :
1. Somehow I accidentally made all of the contents of the account be listed as hidden files - I consider this one very unlikely, as one vista dialogue(which I have used many times before) would probably not be capable of that effect.

2. Some self-defense action of the malware. The malware has already prevented use of the internet or the running of any progra... Read more

A:File disappearance post attribute change

MalwareBytes has a good reputation at removing these fake antivirus programs.


If it doesn't install or run in normal mode, try running it in Safe Mode.

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I am unable to change the read-only attribute on any of my folders or files. When I look at the properties, the read-only attribute has a green block inside the box instead of a green check. There are three options (instead of two) - green check, no green check or green box. Does anyone know what this box means and how to change this attribute? It will allow me clear the green box, but when I look at the properties again, it is back there. I am logged in as an Administrator and have downloaded SP2. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Confused in Hurricane country!

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Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.

A:Change Read Only attribute

Originally Posted by ibted

Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.

You could always change the attributes via a command line from an elevated command prompt.

Command line =
attrib "file" +r

+r will add the read only and -r will remove it

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Recently I formatted my hard drive and all my data was again copied from different Hard drive.I use win 7 ultimate .This has resulted in the READ only Tried using properties and attrib command, both failed. How do I change the files to read/write?
I have more than 300GB data.Whenever I try to edit any file I get message "save failed please check file is not opened in another programme" or I have to save with different name. please advise me how I change this.

A:change Read only attribute

Hello Padasalgi,

As a test, use the tutorial below to add "Take Ownership" to your context menu. Take Ownership Shortcut
Afterwards, see if using it to Take Ownership of the drive and/or files/folders will allow you to save them as normal without having to rename them.

When you right click on an item and click on "Take Ownership", it sets the "Administrators" group as the owner of the item, and sets permissions to allow administrators "Full control" of the item.

Hope this helps,

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Let me share the background quickly. I work at a school as Computer Applications Technology teacher. The students bring homework to school on their flashdrives, and though we have good antivirus software at school, the viruses on their home PC's will often do considerable damage to the data on their flashdrives.

One of the most common problems we have is some virus that sets the "system" attribute on all folders, effectively hiding them, and then creating shortcuts named after those folders, inviting people to double-click them, thereby effectively installing the virus locally (though our antivirus blocks it). So the problem is that those folders (with their homework) can only be revealed by going into "Folder Options" and selecting "Show hidden files and folders" and removing the option to "Hide protected operating system files". This is a big breach in security. So I usually have to change those settings, run the Attrib command in the command line to change all the folders, and then re-enable the settings. All of this takes up valuable time.

What I would like to know is, is there a way to give the attrib command once, thereby changing the attributes on all folders on a specific flashdrive? I played around with the /S /D and *.* settings, but couldn't accomplish anything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

A:How do I change system attribute for all folders using command prompt?

it works just fine here

assuming we are in root of the flash drive which holds some files and subfolder with some files with....
attrib +r +s +h /S /D will add these attributes:
-read only
-system file
-is hidden
-Processes matching files and all subfolders.
-Processes folders as well

now if you wanna remove attrubutes for all files in all folders on whole flashdrive do this:
attrib -r -s -h /S /D
this command will remove attrubutes for all files folders and subfolders:
-read only
-system file
-is hidden
-Processes matching files and all subfolders.
-Processes folders as well

it works as expected

you was probably typing something wrong

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In Windows 7 (and Vista) - all files displayed show only the file name.
This is particularly noticeable with audio and image files - but I often have identical file names in different formats or sizes.
Is there a way to make the .wav or .mp3 etc suffix visible and more importantly - can I edit it and sort by type?

(At the moment I am reverting to an old laptop running XP where I can edit and sort things easily).

Many thanks,

A:File Manager - file attribute display and changing

Hi catstevecam and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes you can display the file extension. In explorer select Organize->Folder and search options. On the view tab uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.
If you right click on an empty area in a folder you can chose sort and grouping options. Type is one of these.

You can change the attributes of some file types (Music & Videos) in the properties details tab.

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Win 2K SP4. Whenever I save anything to Floppy or CD it is saved as Read only. This has only started recently when the laptop went back to head office for a short time. I have looked everywhere but can't find a setting/policy for this. Am I missing something? Your help would be greatly appreciated

A:File Attribute Problem

Is the file closed when you save it ?

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I am running Windows 10.
The issue I am running in to, is that my KMZ file wants to download and open as a PDF.
I have Google Earth downloaded onto my PC and actually already have it open and running an overlay that I had previously downloaded.
I go to my email to retrieve a new overlay for Google Earth, and it wants to download as a PDF.
I have also attempted to drag it over onto my second screen where I have Google Earth open, and it doesn't want to open that way either.

I have gone to "Settings/System/Default Apps/Choose Default Apps by file type" to attempt to change how my kmz file is downloading, and the only options I have to change to are; Acrobat, Google Update Setup and of course the option of "Look for another app in the Store".
Whats odd though, is right above the file type "KMZ" that is listed, is a "KML" file type. That file type is showing that it is downloading with "Google Earth".

I guess my main question(s) is/are: 1.) How do I get my KMZ file to download as a PDF?
2). If my KML file type is downloading to Google Earth, should I be looking more into that instead of utilizing KMZ?

If these questions or my explanation does not seem to make sense, please ask me to try and explain differently. I will do my best.

Help?! Thanks!

A:Unable to change File type to KMZ from PDF

One a file that is already saved on your computer, right click and choose Open With and then browse to locate Google Earth, be sure to check the option to always use that program.

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On XP sp3 system. I've logged in as admin and checked file permissions - read-only is unticked, however I cannot save changes to the file, or delete it. Error on attempting to save is: hosts file cannot be created
I tried disabling MSE real-time, didn't help. How do I save a change to this file?

A:Unable to change hosts file

You got something locking you out.

If you just want to be able to edit hosts file and have more control then a hosts file manager will help out a lot.


Your see HostsMan and HostsXpert on the page.

You will still need Admin rights but your be able to edit the hosts file.

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- Running Windows XP Professional 64-Bit w/ Service Pack 3
- All patches and security rollups are installed and current
- System Restore is turned off, as I've found it to be more of a curse than a blessing

So, here are the goings-on. My file associations seem to be suffering from some level of screwed-upedness. If I attempt to change the application associated with any filetype, the association will not "keep". The box to enable the changes to become permanent is grayed out.

I'm not sure exactly when this started to occur, so I'm unable to answer the question of whether it occurred after the installation of an application or an update/patch.

The registry fix that refers to setting the NoFileAssociate key in the HKLM hive does NOT work. In point of fact, the key was not even present; I had to add it manually. I also added it to the HKCU hive. Neither of these steps fixed the problem.

I have tried reinstalling Shell32.dll with the "regsvr32.exe /i shell32.exe" command; this also proved unhelpful.

Restoring to previous restore point is impossible because, as I stated at the beginning of the post, I've disabled it as it's shown itself to be more of a pain than anything else.

Something tells me that it's either a registry entry that's been marked read-only, or my registry permissions for the Administrator account have been torn asunder.

I'm not sure whether this has anything to do with the above or not, but I'd like to include it just in cas... Read more

A:Unable to change file associations.

Hi MelodicNoize and welcome to TSF.

Have you tried the file association fixes on the Doug Knox site?

Do you still have your Windows XP Disk? If so you could run a sfc /scannow to fix any faulty system files. (this will also remove any themes you may have)

You can verify first to see if you have faulty system files by doing: Windows Key+R and type cmd and hit Enter. Then at the command prompt, type sfc /verifyonly (note the space before the /)

If it does flag any broken system files, then you should insert your XP Disk into the tray and run sfc /scannow at the command prompt.

Try the Doug Knox site first.

[Side Note] when running sfc /scannow, Windows may ask for the Service Pack 3 disk. This will be due to you running sfc /scannow with a previous version of Windows XP inserted in the tray; as in it may only have Service Pack 23 on the Windows XP disk. To get around this you should create a new XP Disk with Service Pack 3 slipstreamed to it, then use that disk to run the sfc /scannow. You can find instructions on how to do this here. (for burning the new XP Slipstreamed ISO to disk, I'd use Imgburn instead)

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I just uncompressed a group of mp3 files that are all related (album) and last file properties are not able to be modified which is a problem since I want to play it on my Ipod and the file does not sort correctly. Any suggestions?

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Hi everybody. About 2 days ago I noticed that all of a sudden my scroll and progress bars, and all of the prompt windows (save, open file, etc.) changed to a Windows 98 style! I didn't think anything of it until I tried to save an image through Firefox and it wouldn't bring up the prompt to choose a location. Initially I thought it to be exclusive to Firefox, but later I had worked on an Word document and when I tried to Save As... the exact same thing, a flash indicating that it tried to open the location window and that's it. Every program does the exact same thing, no way to bring up a location menu or change directory.

Does anybody have any idea as to what can cause this?


A:Unable to change or save file to any directory!

Run a full antivirus scan
Download and run malwarebytes full scan
If both are negative

Make a system restore from before the problem.
System Restore

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I am trying to mount a iso file but the mount option does not show up. So I try to change the properties of the file such that it opens with windows explorer. but I am unable to change the properties because I cant find the windows explorer option anywhere to choose. How to browse to windows explorer and choose it such that I get mount option. I am on a windows 2008 server.

A:unable to mount iso file as i cant change its properties

I don't know about Windows 2008 Server, however Windows prior to Win8 did not have the built-in ability to mount an ISO.
Try "Virtual CloneDrive" by Slysoft. It's a great product and it's free. SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive

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I'm visiting my sister in law and they asked me to look at their computer. For a few days now I have been doing my best to solve the problem but I'm at an end here. They have one admin account and two other accounts. Whenever any account is logged into, a popup box with the following comes up:

Your system has no paging file, or paging file is too small.

To fix this problem, go to system in control panel, click advanced tab and under performance, click settings. On advanced tab, click change. Click 'custom size' and then type an initial or max paging file size.

I have done this several times with no success. I have hit "Let system manage", "custom size" (with various numbers) and have even zeroed out the page size, restarted and then reset it and restarted the system. nothing works. I have also attempted the previous steps in safe mode. I have cleaned a bunch of malware and other errors off using Advanced System Care and Malwarebytes but something is causing this error when the accounts log on.

Here is a logfile of the system specs from Advanced System Care followed by a hijackthis logfile:

System Information Report

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Central Processor AMD Athlon™ XP 2400+
User Name Mo
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A:Unable to change Page File Size in XP

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator&#... Read more

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What does this mean in Win 7 ?????

Thank You


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Hello everyone, I used windows server 2016 IIS to build an ftp server, but the time attributes of the stored files are all 8 hours away from my local time. How can I solve this problem?

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Is it possible to check the archive attribute on a file with DOS?
I have a series of directories that need to have their files deleted once the archive attribute has been removed i.e. in Windows Explorer under the Attribute column the 'A' has disappeared.

How would one go about checking. I can gather a list of the file names in the directory. I assume that it would be the command

If not exist [archive attribute] (
delete file)
However I may be barking up the wrong tree.
Has anyone any experience with this?

A:[SOLVED] Checking archive attribute on file with DOS

Hi Tigers!. . .

Welcome back to the Tech Support Forum!

I like that name "directories" - Good Stuff!

I may be missing something here, but why do you first ned to remove the -A attribute prior to deletion? Or are you trying to delete all files without the -A? If so ... what about -S, -H, etc...?

Regards. . .


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Several months ago I got a new laptop with Win 7 Pro SP1 64bit. I have done numerous backups on this machine but I've noticed that the file attribute 'archive bit' (a) is not being reset as it was on Win XP. (NOTE: backups were full backups not incremental or differential.)

Does Win 7 treat file attribute bits differently than XP?

I also have noticed that 7 displays various attribute bits that were not used in XP; where is there a description of all attribute bits?

A:File Attribute 'Archive' Bits not being reset

Are you on a homegroup by any chance?

I've read some MS answers that flat out say that the archive bit is no longer available in windows 7 (but I think they mean reliably usable rather than not available in the strict sense). To others saying that the homegroup networking is using it for it's own purposes (probably for it's own built in backup) and it interferes with other people/programs using it.

Personally I have not looked into it though.

I believe that the base "dos" attributes are the same as always though: Read Only, Archive, Hidden and System. Of course NTFS itself has (and has always had) a much more extensive access control system in place for all folders and files...

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On my Dell Desktop, I reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP SP2 4 months ago. Today, I tried to adjust the Paging File size but could not. The machine will go through the motions of allowing a change then call for the required reboot when I changed the file size, but after reboot, the old file size is unchanged. I cannot change it to having the system manage the file, nor can I change the custom file size. Any ideas on how to return this functionality will be appreciated.

A:Unable to change WinXP Paging File Size

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I am currently trying to help a friend with his Dell Mini netbook. The netbook is running Windows XP SP3 and it's current with all updates and security patches. He does not have an anti-virus program running, but I'll install Avira later (once I can navigate to the site).

Last week, while browsing the internet, his browser shut down and he was asked to install an anti-virus program. Since then, he's had all sorts of issues, mostly with browsing the internet. It sounded like malware to me. I got the netbook and installed Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware on it. It cleaned the following three items:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3826
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

3/5/2010 11:40:41 AM
mbam-log-2010-03-05 (11-40-41).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 152852
Time elapsed: 13 minute(s), 34 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 3

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\Roger\Application Data\Security Antivirus (Rogue.SecurityAntivirus) -> Quarantin... Read more

A:Browsing issues, unable to change hosts file, and more


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When i create a new folder it automatically sets the read only attribute, if i try and turn it off it just turns back on again.

I have tried using command prompt to disable it as well as playing with the security settings and account permissions.

does any one have any ideas?

A:File and Folder Read only attribute wont disable

1. First question, why are you trying to do it?

2. look here:
Unable to remove Read-Only attribute from folder
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

To view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Vista or Windows 7
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER..
To view the syntax for the Attrib command, type attrib /? at the command prompt.
To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command:
attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute for the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r +s c:\test
Be aware that some programs may not operate correctly with folders for which the System attribute and the Read-only attribute are set. Therefore, use the following command to remove these attributes:
attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove both the Read-only and the System attributes from the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r -s c:\test
If the Run command is not listed on the Start menu, do the following:
Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run..

note: Open cmd with run as administrator

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I want to make a bunch of folder.jpg files so they are no longer hidden. But when I check the file properties, the hidden attribute checkbox is greyed out, so I can't untick it.

Any ideas on how I can change the hidden attribute of these files?



A:Hidden Attribute checkbox on file properties greyed out

Hello Dave,

You might see if you may be able to do so using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below with the command prompt.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

Hope this helps,

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Hello guys,

Yes I know it is a silly question, but what is the syntax for removing the read-only attribute of an Excel file, say abcd.xlsx file?
The address of the example is, c:\documents\spreadsheets\abcd.xlsx.

Any help will be much appreciated.


A:How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Right click on the file then choose "properties" in the window that opens and then uncheck the "read only" box at the bottom of the window.
BTW there is no such thing as a silly question but there are plenty of silly answers

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With any file management tool I've ever used that attempts to show the date/time of the last file access, all I ever see is the time I used the tool to view the last access time stamp. In other words, checking the last access time counts as an access. Duh! What good is that?

Is there any tool or trick to allow you to determine the last access date/time OTHER THAN the time you access the file to ask the question?

A:Solved: Last Access file date attribute worthless?

Never tried it but the AFIND function in a free forensic toolkit may work for you ...


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Hey friends,
I read your prev. post for a prob. regarding desktop hijacked and according to the suggestions given in that i am posting my log crtd by Hijackthis.exe . Do take a look at this and tell me wht shd i do to get rid off this.

Always thanks to such a forum and people running such sites by their valuable suggestions.

Here is the log crted in safe mode:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:41:31 PM, on 11/14/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Documents and Settings\rakesh\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = c:\secure32.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/...ch/search.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = c:\secure32.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = c:\secure32.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
F2 - REG:system.i... Read more

A:Desktop bg has been changed auto and unable to change it : a log file -hijack this's

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:25:12 PM, on 11/14/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ymsgr_tray.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\rakesh\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = c:\secure32.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/...ch/search.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = c:\secure32.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = c:\secure32.html
R1 ... Read more

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hi all...

actually i'm the amature in this area..i hope this site could help me to solve my prob..hmmm..

any body here could help me how to remove cloner.bv which is clone all my word file into application file(.exe) and hidden word file(.doc)...any body know how this can happen???

pls help me

A:(.doc) file cloner and fixed attribute changed into hidden permenently

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

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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My microSD is stuck on FAT32 file system. When I Plug it in, It does not show any of the stored data and doesn't even open.
I tried formatting it and changing its file system to NTFS by Windows 7 default method (right click > format) but it gives me error
"unable to format".

please suggest me what to do ?
I don't think its physically damaged.

A:MicroSD card is in FAT32 | Unable to format or change file system

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Hello all, has anyone ever tried changing either an admin password or user password on SBS 2003 (logged in as admin) and received an error of not being able to change password, file not found. I have searched far and wide and can not locate any resolutions, if anyone here knows of any or has ever faced this same problem, please respond. Thanks in advance

A:Unable to change Password, file not found~Small Business Server 2003

maldito said:

Hello all, has anyone ever tried changing either an admin password or user password on SBS 2003 (logged in as admin) and received an error of not being able to change password, file not found. I have searched far and wide and can not locate any resolutions, if anyone here knows of any or has ever faced this same problem, please respond. Thanks in advanceClick to expand...

well in leui of anyhitng else start checking your registry files.. check the windows help data base for the exact key you need to clear to get rid of the password...

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Is Windows 7.0 sometimes unable to display a folder that has attribute="hidden"?

A tool associated with Visual Build Pro 8.7 called "Enhanced Zip" seems to be stripping away the "hidden" attribute of an attribute="hidden" folder, after the folder has been added to a zip file.

We are uncertain if "Enhanced Zip" is bugged, and is "un-hiding" folders with attribute="hidden", or if the zipped folder retains attribute="hidden" but Windows 7.0 mistakenly displays it as "Non-Hidden", when you look at the folder's Properties.

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I removed the 'file_recovery' virus and got everything else back to normal using:


which included using unhide.exe, but now I think my system files are all showing, even though I have checked 'hide system files' and 'do not show hidden files'.

If I go to a place where I think there are supposed to be system files that are supposed to be hidden (like windows/system32) and show the 'attributes' column, they say 'A' (archive) is the only attribute.

Shouldn't they say 'S' (system) and 'H' (hidden)? If so, is there a way to put the 'system' and 'hidden' attributes back on the appropriate files (without doing it manually one by one because that would take forever and I wouldn't know which ones to do)?

I am running Windows Vista.

Thanks! unhide.exe really saved me!

A:After 'file_recovery' virus removal, system files lost 'system file' attribute

That's not possible.May be you could ask for Grinler opinion herehttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405109.htmlgood luck

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Windows 7 will delete "Read-Only" files without providing any warning (unlike XP).
Windows Media Player 12 will overwrite files which have the "Read-Only" attribute set.

Does anyone know how to make Windows 7 (& WMP) obey the "Read-Only" attribute on files?

A:"Read-Only" File Attribute

Hi lehnerus2000,

1) Read-only files can't be modified, but they can be copied, moved, renamed, or deleted. You can make a secure private folder which is inaccessible and undeletable. There are detailed instructions on Make Folder Inaccessible and Undeletable.

2)For WMP, go through the following page, theres a nice discussion about stopping WMP from overwriting jpgs.
Hydrogenaudio Forums > WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten

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Hey I recently started to notice some strange activity on my MacBook, and am unable to change the root user, along with this on my console the country code sometimes changes to NL without me doing so. Sometimes I also get a message on my console saying "parental controls, start observing". Is there something fishy going on ?, any help much appreciated, thanks

A:Unable to change root user and country change on console, mac osx

Please post any operating (or infection) problems to the Mac forum area, as they are not handled here ...........
Operating Systems → Mac OS  ...............
Thank You - - - -

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hey guyss..i have problem with my computer....all my icon change to Windows media player and all target type change to EXE File...what should i do.....plzzz...
#sorry for my bad english..
Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit sp1

2 gb ram

A:All icon change to WMP and all target type change to EXE File

Hello Kechik Crew, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to undo and fix this quickly.

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I ran hijack-this on my laptop today and I get a lot of errors when I post on this site http://hjt.networktechs.com/parse.php and check to fix them and they keep coming back. I have heard this was a common somewhere on the web? I don't think it is .., am I wrong? Please help!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:58:39 PM, on 9/6/2010
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Utilities 14\RMTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Progra... Read more

A:Windows 7 64bit unable to file missing file in Hijackthis log file

It's doubtful those files are missing. More likely a bug still present in HijackThis where it cannot correctly enumerate some entries, so it gives a (file missing).

I would not put any faith in online analyzers such as that one. Much better to use these online databases


There's nothing wrong with any of those entries. Please leave them alone.

Analysis logs are only to be posted in this section of the forum, not General Security. I've moved it here.

I see no sign of infection in those logs. If you think the machine is infected...

We no longer use HijackThis as our initial analysis tool.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, not here. I currently have as many open malware removal assistance topics as I can effectively handle.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move... Read more

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I need to change a zip file to an epub file. I have heard this can be done, but when I add the .epub after the file name, I notice the file is still actually zip type file when I right click properties. This is causing a problem when I try to open it in in different ebook reader programs.

I know there is a way to change a file's actual file type, but I don't know how. Perhaps there is a software or I need to go into the registry?

I can do this either with windows 7 or XP home, because I have two computers. So help on either operating system would be great?

As a related question, I am wondering does changing a file's icon type actually change the file type or just the icon?

A:How do I change a file's file type (not only file association)?

Hi awd and welcome to Seven Forums.

I take it that your zip file is an e-book. Changing the extension does nothing to change the format of the data. If you have need to convert an e-book from one format to another try Calibre. In addition to managing e-books it allows you to convert from one form to another. calibre - E-book management

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I had a folder on my Desktop that just won't delete. I tried deleting it and moving it to another location. It deleted everything within the folder, yet the folder still remained.

I've been having the problem of my Desktop not updating when files/folders are deleted, so I have to manually refresh after a delete to show it gone. Well, the folder decided to stick around. I tried Renaming, Deleting, changing Folder Permissions, Reboot of the Computer.....Nothing seems to help.

If I try to open the folder, I get a "Location is Not Available" along with the "Access Is Denied" error. Going to Properties>Security prompts me that I don't have permission to view or edit permission settings. Under Advanced says the same thing and for Owner it says "Unable to Display Current Owner."

I'm running Windows 7

I have tried looking as some of my questions seem silly most of the time - I looked at the link - Take Ownership Shortcut

I hope that I have done it correctly.

I have trialled it on my desktop and it comes up with a CMD screen and then moves the file. When I extracted the .reg it warned me that it would alter some .tmp files - I read the tutorial and I thought that what I did was fine. I know not to take ownership of Windows 7.

I hope the following information assists and I just want assurance that I did it correctly or if I should have tried another means.

I would rather know that I have done something or I will try extracting to remove ... Read more

A:Unable to move file from desktop - Security Tab - Unable to Display

Try Unlocker. It's always good to have anyway. I've found it very stable and safe to use.

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Hi all,win7 Home Premium 64 bit. I'm having difficulties modifying my hosts file. Following guidance from this forum, I open Notepad++ as administrator & can navigate to and open the hosts file. But the &quot;Save&quot; option is greyed out, so I can't save directly to the original location. I can Save As (eg to the Desktop), then copy paste into the original location.
This is actually part of a larger troubleshooting issue, in which the person helping has suggested changing the file permissions on the hosts file. I'm worried about doing that, as it seems quite a security risk. But the immediate question is, is the behavious of my hosts file unusual, or is that how Windows 7 is meant to work?</p>

A:Problem modifying hosts file, change file permissions?

Drag the file to your desktop, edit and save then drag it back. Done. This is how it should work, you want strong permissions on those directories and files to avoid malware from modifying them.

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I want to wipe out my hard drive. But I have all kinds of music on it but nowhere to back it up to since I have 15GB of music.
So if I put all of those songs into a zip file and then changed the zip file to a text document, because the zip file would be 15Gb but a text document would be 800KB. So I would be able to email the text document to myself and when I reinstall my OS I can download it from my email and then rename it to .zip and extract them all.
Would this work?
If I did it to videos too would that work as well?

A:[SOLVED] If I make a zip file and change it to a text file would that corrupt its con

There is no way a 15gb zip file be turned to 800kb of data. Plus corruption might occur. Best solution is to purchase a external hard drive External Hard Drives - Newegg.com which is inexpensive you can get one from around 80 bucks. Backup all your music on that as is as is just by copying and pasting it to the external hard drive.

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Hi there forum,

how do you change the Visual effects using a batch file or registry file.



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Hi there forum,

how do you change the Visual effects using a batch file or registry file.



A:How to change visual effects using batch file or registry file?

Hello Edward, and welcome to Ten Forums.

The links in the blue note box under OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below may be able to help with this.

Visual Effects Settings - Change in Windows 10

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I tried searching for this but didn't find anything. Apologies if I get my Windows terminology incorrect, I'm using the Japanese version of XP Pro (but am more familiar with English) so system text is in Japanese so I have to translate it by memory from when I last used English Windows or literally translate the Japanese term.

After having to do a repair install, all my file associations were reset. But when I right-click on an affected file and select "Program Opens With" (or go into its Properties then click on "change" under File Associations) and manually search for the program, I can select the program in the Open dialog box but once it's selected and I hit OK, it's not in the list of programs that Windows will allow me to choose for the File Association.

I also tried going into the options of two different programs (IrfanView, Media Player Classic) so I could just have the program change the file associations, but this didn't work either.

Any ideas? Reinstalling the relevant programs might work, but not all programs give you the option of changing their file associations when you install them...

A:Can't Change "file Opens With" In The File's Propeties After An Xp Repair Install

Have you tried to change the file association from Explorer view?How to change file associations in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...p;product=winxp Louis

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Can it be done?

Some video files I have are not supported in WMP, or in WMM. I have a 3rd party media player that plays them, but it has limited editing capabilities.

If I pull the vid files through a file recovery utility, set to recover video files, in MPEG-2 format perhaps, will they recover into a format that's supported in Windows applications? Would there be quality loss of the vids in changing the format?

A:Solved: Change format of vid file with file recovery util?

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Hey all!

I just wonder, is there a way to actually change all four (4) file attributes from the file properties dialog of a file?

This was possible with Windows 95! Imagine that! Windows 95!...

But it's not possible with Windows 98!
It's not possible with Windows Me (Mistake Edition, *cough*)!
It's not possible with Windows 2000!
It's not possible with Windows XP!
It's not possible with Windows Vista!
And it's not possible with Windows 7!

Why would you want to use the attrib command to change file attributes? Because that's the only thing I know of that allows setting all four attributes. The four attributes being the Read-only, Hidden, Archive, and System.

Is there by any chance a way to add these attribute options to the file properties dialog?...

A:How do you change file attributes from the file properties dialog?

You can see on samples below how the file properties dialog may look like on different Windows versions.

Windows 95
Source: http://www.web-friend.com/help/win9x/95help8.html

Windows 98
Source: http://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21302
Windows XP
Source: http://www.anti-forensics.com/disable-the-lastaccess-timestamp-in-windows-xp

Windows Vista
Source: http://www.nicholasoverstreet.com/2010/03/windows-7-annoyance-file-properties/

Windows 7
Source: http://www.nicholasoverstreet.com/2010/03/windows-7-annoyance-file-properties/

The dialog may look the same in Windows Vista and Windows 7, but they behave a little bit differently. As you can see from the lower most image, the the time stamps are displayed as "X hours ago" instead of actual time it was created, modified or accessed. It will display time normally as with all previous Windows versions only after 24 hours have passed. I don't like this, but as far as I know it's the only change they have done to the file properties dialog in Windows 7.

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Hi there ,

I've been struggling trying to find out how I can change the Selected File color , in File Explorer since

I switched to Windows 8. Looks like it's now a setting in the registry under control panel - colors -

and have to enter values manually ???

I am sick of the always blue-ish selection color when selecting multiple file in Detail view and or

thumbnail view , it's so HARD to see what's selected in this Powder blue color.

Please if anyone can assist in help me with this , much appreciated .

Thank you


A:Color change select file in file explorer , don't like Blu

Hello honsbeek.

If you like, the selected file color can be changed in high contrast mode from personalization.

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