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Solved: Windows Folder Encrypt Attribute - How to Decrypt?

Q: Solved: Windows Folder Encrypt Attribute - How to Decrypt?

Hi All

I used the files and folders Encrypt attribute: "Properties>General>Encrypt contents to secure data"
to encrypt a folder and all its contents. The folder and all its contents are green of colour. Now this is on the D-drive. I formatted my windows C drive and now I cannot access any of the files inside the encrypted folder.

I try setting permissions but they are set for administrators and I'm an administrator. How do I decrypt them?

Thank you

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A: Solved: Windows Folder Encrypt Attribute - How to Decrypt?

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I expect this is going to be basic to the most of you but here goes. I am running Win 7 on my main laptop and XP on my spare. I am using a Freecom Usb hard drive to transfer files. When I go from Win7 to XP I find that the text on the files is green and can't be opened in XP. If I go back to Win 7 I find that they are encrypted and I have to decrypt to transfer them. How can I stop this happening please?
Also can I link the computers up with each other to save transferring in the above manner? Thanks in anticipation. Peter.

A:Encrypt decrypt, that is the question

"Green" files are encrypted, password protected, etc...

If you have bitlocker on or other HDD/ file encryption on Windows 7, that may be the issue.

Regards. . .



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I have 2 partitions c and d. i encrypted some files in d:. yesterday i formatted ma lap and i installed a fresh copy of win7. today i tried to copy that files into a cd it displays an error. then i tried to decrypt that files it also getting an error. even i cant open that files. plzzzzzz some one help me

A:Problem with Encrypt and Decrypt

Did you have a password before you formatted? Try using that same password and decrypt again. Restart before decrypting if you have to.

Edit: password on your user account, if it wasn't clear.

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Hi i am trying to create a batch file to do the following
ask for user input
encrypt user input then add it to example.txt

then later in the batch file
look at the txt file
grab the input from the txt file
decrypt it
show on screen as echo undecrypted


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I have an FTP bat file that runs on an NT server. My client wants to encrypt the password when the bat file is idle and decrypt when the bat file is running. Do you have any script that can do this process? Thank you.

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1) What are encrypted files and how do we know which files are encrypted and which are not.
2) i know its against the TSF rules to discuss anything related to password recovery or anything like that but just curious to know when anybody forget the password and if they are able to remove or change the password , would it affect encrypted files in anyway ??

3) Is their any way we can make any file encrypted or if we need to how we can remove encryption of any file.


A:what are encrypted files ?? do we have any way to encrypt or decrypt and file ??

An encrypted file or folder is a file or folder that only someone with the appropriate permissions can view.

If you are the administrator of a computer with folders or files on it that you have created then you can encrypt them and only someone with the appropriate permissions i.e you and anyone else you give permission to can see and view the contents of that folder or file.

You can only do things with the file if you created it or are the administrator or have the appropriate permissions.

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I'm looking for a way to secure my "files" hard drive (not my primary OS hard drive). I want something that would allow me to decrypt it on boot, with a decryption password of some type. It would then need to also encrypt again when shutting down.

Could anyone recommend a program for this? It would also be preferred if the separate actions had their own executable or way to be run from command line so I could use it with another project of mine, but this isn't required.

Thanks to anyone that can point me in the right direction!

A:How do I encrypt and decrypt harddrive on computer boot?

Hi Danny,

I would recommend you try TrueCrypt.


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I?m running a Visual Studio app that fails because the folder Temporary ASP.NET Files is Read-only. In Windows Explorer, there is a checkmark next to Read-only in the folder properties. However, it does not remain unchecked if I uncheck it, even though I?m an Administrator.

If I display the Attributes column in Windows Explorer the only attribute indicated for this folder is D (for Directory).

I also tried to display the folder attributes in a Command Prompt as an Administrator using the attrib command as follows:

c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727>attrib /d /s "Temporary ASP.NET Files"

This returns the following without indicating any attributes:


The Read-only attribute reportedly can be removed through a command prompt by using the ?R parameter. I would rather not run this command though without first confirming that the Read-only attribute is enabled.

My question is this ? why would this folder have Read-only checked in the folder properties, but does not display this attribute in the Attributes column of Windows Explorer nor in a command prompt as described here?


A:Read-only Attribute for a Windows folder

Hi Bontrager,
Might be me but thats an OLD version of .Net, current version 4.6.X.
try updating to the current version, things might change,


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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.

A:How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right cl...

It sounds like you may have already tried one of these steps.Perhaps one of the others will restore the files for you.

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A few days ago, I noticed a popup saying computer wanted to reboot and would if I didn't postpone it. I wasn't doing anything, so I went ahead and did it. The windows updates (running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) applied and I got back to the desktop. Adobe put up a box saying there was an update for it too, so I clicked on it. Before I could start it though, I got a windows box that said "Encrypting File System" and told me to backup my file encryption certificate and key. After some searching on google with a different computer, I found that this sometimes come up even if you have never encrypted anything as I have not. So I went ahead and let it save the key to a flash drive. I did the cipher /u command to find if any files were encrypted. It found thousands of files in 7 directories. Mostly pictures (.jpg) on the second hard drive and they weren't viewable.

Error: "Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

Filenames were green in explorer. So I tried using the backup of the encryption certificate and key. It seemed to restore just fine, but all the files were still encrypted. I tried the decript command "cipher /d" but that wanted to either be in the directory or specify the directory/filename and the list from the /u just flew by and would only scroll back so far.

After some more searching, found a .vbs script to find all the encrypted files... Read more

A:decrypt files files that I didn't encrypt

Well, from what I've been able to find and try, looks like those last two directories are simply not recoverable. Since I didn't encrypt them in the first place, I don't seem to have a key for it.

So, for the future...
What made it encrypt those directories so I can not do it again?
What should I do now to prevent problems like this again? Just backup my encryption key and try and remember where I backed it up to? The current one should be good for a while. One of the many things I tried was extending the expiration date to 2113.

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Hi Folks, here is the situation -

Windows 2000 SR 1

I recently had to reinstall Windows 2000 to a new partition after some recent OS problems.

The problem now is that I formerly had a directory which I decided to encrypt using Win 2000's new encryption technology.

From what I understand is that the key used to encrypt the folder is based off my old SID. Now that I have reinstalled I am unable to view or delete any of the contents in that folder, even with Local Admin access and full ownership.

I've checked MS kbase and the only recourse would have been if I have used the backup tool to backup the key. Regardless to say I have no backups.

Now it would be nice if i could recover those encrypted files however I would be happy at this time if I could simply delete the whole folder.
I can view the filenames of the files but am unable to view/delete the files.

Any suggestions?

BTW the original WinNT directory has also been deleted.

A:Win2000 Server - Encrypted a folder, reinstalled, now cannot decrypt folder

did you ever find any resolution to this issue? I have a sorta/kinda similar situation where Active Directory became corrupt and SID's got cross-linked. Long story short I have the old SID and need to know how to apply it to a new user object in Active Directory. I've searched everywhere without luck on this one.

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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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A search for how to hide a folder (and subfolders and content) shows 3d party software, or using the hidden attribute in Windows itself. Putting aside 3d party stuff for now what I came upon was this method:
From cmd. Type ?CD C:abcd? (replace ?abcd? with the name of the folder you want to hide.)2. Now type ?attrib file +s +h? and replace ?file? with the name of the actual file name you would like to hide.

I tried this method which seemed ideal to me and nothing happened at all I could still see my folder. I assumed using ?attrib file +s +h" without the quotes but with spaces shown

Here's what's important: what happens to the hidden folder when i delete a visible folder above it in the folder tree? Will the hidden folder be backed up? Will it be scanned by my AV program? Can the files in the folder be recovered in an emergency such as a system crash?

Also: The hidden file attribute can not be used everything must be visible and accessible except for the hidden folder.
And here's something which I would like but which may not be possible. The folder in question (with other folders within it) is huge about 700GB. Assuming that on the drive where this 700GB folder sits are other folders totaling 50GB. In a 1TB drive this means there is now about 250GB free space. Would it be possible, once hidden, for the drive to show it actually has 950GB free space. In other words if the folder is hidden but one sees that there is only 250GB of free space left then this could rai... Read more

A:How2 hide a folder without using the Windows "hidden" attribute and...


Just to be clear, the attrib MyFile +s +h command will flag the file MyFile as a Hidden (+h) and System (+s) file.

Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3

what happens to the hidden folder when i delete a visible folder above it in the folder tree?

A hidden folder will be treated like any other ordinary folder and will be deleted similarly. However, attempting to delete a System flagged file/folder will result in Explorer prompting confirmation before deletion of that file/folder.

Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3

Will the hidden folder be backed up?

Usually that is the case. It depends on what backup software you use. I know SyncToy does backup hidden/system files and folders.

Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3

Will it be scanned by my AV program?

Definitely. For obvious reasons.

Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3

Can the files in the folder be recovered in an emergency such as a system crash?

If you can recover ordinary, non-hidden files/folders you sure can recover hidden/system files and folders.
Think of file attributes as indicators that Explorer uses to modify how it shows or treats items.

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I have an executable file, which is a windows service. Now I cannot start it from service control management panel. I am the administrator. I guess the readonly attribute effects it. I found that the folder is readonly. I unclick it and apply it and click OK button. However next time when I look at the attribute again, its attribute goes back to readonly again. Why?

Windows 7 64-bit professional edition.

A:Remove read only attribute of folder.

What is the name of the service? What error message when you (try to) start it?

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Hey, for some reason I can't remove the read only setting from my folders, can't figure out why and using DOS didn't work...

"attrib -R filename /S" anything wrong with that?

Anyway, yeah... Anyone know why I can't remove the read only attribute?

A:Can't remove read only attribute for folder!

You could try this little program.


Let me know if it works..


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Hello again,
Actually, the problem began when I tried to download some stuff on Chrome and always got a message more or less like "Download failed-error".
I reported this to Chrome and hope they will give me an answer whenever. Maybe you people might give me a hand with this.
Because of this I switched to Firefox, who is configured - just like Chrome - to place my downloads in my folder D:\Downloads.
After three tries nothing happened. I had two .exe files in the folder but that should not be the cause of the problem.
Looking around, I found Firefox had saved my downloads in C:\Users\Ernesto\Downloads
I cut the files to paste them in downloads, but was not allowed because the D:\Downloads folder miraculously transformed (or should I say transubstantiated) into a read-only folder and did not allow me to paste my downloads there.
Frankly, I don't know how these things happen. But, oh well. So I ran the command
attrib -h -r -s /s /d D:\Downloads\*.*
To my surprise I got the reply that the whatchamacallit system could not change the attributes of each of the files inside the folder.
These were (and still are - and work perfectly from the now "read only" folder) AdwCleaner.exe and sd5_setup.exe
So I repeated the same operation but, instead of the *.* at the end, I put the name of each file. So this was a two commands operation.
Now, that didn't work either. The "you know who" said "I cannot change the att... Read more


Surprise, surprise !
I just discovered that all my folders are now read-only
I think we're going to have a party!

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I have some folder which, when i right click on them and change the attributes to not 'read only', and it follows by asking do you want all folders and subfolder included in this change, and I indicate yes. It then goes through the process of changing all the file attributes. When I again right click on the folder, it indicates that there are still read only files in the folder.

What's up with that? And, How do I fix it?


A:I Changed The Folder Attribute To Not 'read Only'

See if this helps:How to set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions in Windows XP

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Things I have tried:

1) Enabled hidden administrator logon and logged onto it.
2) Edited user permission for entire drive and set to 'full control'
3) verified the folder is not locked/in-use even deleted it and then restored

Still has the stupid 'read only' box checked when you hit Properties. I am updating Starcraft 2 and get a file creation error during patching. The read only setting is the only thing I can think to change other than full uninstall -> reinstall.

edit: Just tried doing it in elevated command prompt and the R flag for readonly is not present at all even looking all sub-folders with the /S switch. So apparently its not read only but explorer is noting it so in 'properties' ... very strange.

A:Can't remove 'read-only' attribute from a folder

Hello Joe,

Is the read only box actually checked, or is it blue? If blue, then it is not read only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

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some body tell me that how can i encrypt my folder, how can use encrypt option for particular folder

A:how to encrypt folder

Keep in mind : Do not forget your username and password for Windows logon. Do not remove your user account.How to encrypt : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-folder-or-file

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Hello everybody,

I have a problem with the C:\Programs Files and C:\Program Files (x86) folders under W7 RC 64bit:
these folder have the read-only attribute set on and I can't unset it.

Whenever I tried to unset this attribuite even if W7 seems to comply the folders actually remain in the read-only mode.

Is there a way to unset this attribute?
I need to do that at least for a subfolder, since this contains a program which modifies files every time you open it.


A:How do I unset the Program folder read-only attribute?

I think this is s security setting and cant be changed.
I would give the program that keeps changing things Admin rights when it runs inside of the compatibility tab and see if that works before removing the read-only attribute in the Program folder.

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If I am required to encrypt a folder of documents for work and I have Vista Home edition is there anything I can do? From what I just read, it appears that the encryption key is not available for Vista Home edition... Therefore do you have another suggestion or am I just reading that wrong and there is still a way to encript a folder?

Please Help!!

A:Please help me encrypt a file folder

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I have am trying to follow the advice of this site on tightening up security for WinXP Pro. The site is here:


However when trying to encrypt the temp file, which I think would be an excellent idea, I get access denied but I am trying from my Admin account!?

Please, if anyone knows what to do and why I cannot encrypt it?

Oh btw, I am trying to encrypt it with Windows built in EFS

Many thanks,


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it is system

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Is there a way to encrypt a file or folder on Win 7 Pro 64bit ? I would like to keep all my passwords and/or account logins for all my on line activity somewhere on the PC so I don't have to setup a new password/login every time I can't remember what password goes with what on-line account ?

Running a personal home network with 2 Win 7 machines and 3 XP Pro (SP3) machines with a firewall and AV protection.


A:How to encrypt a file or folder on Win 7 Pro ?

Windows 7 Pro only has EFS - Encrypting File System Manager Shortcut - Create

Some free 3rd Party Encryption software - One I would recommend is True Crypt

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux


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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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My mother recently purchased a new desktop and installed a data drive (from xp) with all her personal files along with the factory C drive with the operating system, etc. I'm not sure why, but all of her Data drives are now green (encrypted) and when I try to encrypt I get an access denied error. In addition, all the folders are marked as read only and it won't allow me to enable read access. Could she have accidently set up encryption during the initial startup? And if so, where could I find the encryption key (or other wise decrypt).....HELP! Thanks!

A:Solved: Can't Decrypt - Windows 7

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I had installed a folder lock software, version-5.2.6 but it turned out really bad for me,the software has automatically encrypted all my files which was of 80GB size & which contained some of my important files in it.
Please help me to recover those files or the procedure to decrypt the files.

A:how to decrypt an encrypted 80 gb folder?

The same software and password should solve the problem.

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Hi, I'm wondering,
is there a way I can encrypt a folder with a batch file,
then decrypt it using a password only I know?
or is there another command line tool that would allow me to do this?

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Hay guys I have read the help files on encrypting but it does not clearly tell me how to do it and how I get into it after I have done it.

Can yall please simplify for me so I can do it right.

I want to make it only so I have excess to it.

God Bless all

A:Vista How do you encrypt a folder/file

right click the folder or file, select properties, select encrypt, click ok.

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I have a need to encrypt a folder on XP home edition that can also be opened by me on XP Professional. That sounds strange, but I have a particular folder that includes all my job files that I'm having to access both at work (on a shared computer) and at home on my own laptop, wehich I've been shuttling back and forth using a USB memory stick. I have XP Home at home and XP Professional at my job.

I know Microsoft has their Encrypting File System feature in XP Pro, but apparently it's not included in XP Home.

I am also experimenting with Dropbox, which is a syncing service that would let me maintain just one folder that updates in all these places, but again I need to include encryption to prevent coworkers from stealing my work. Hopefully there is a solution that can work in conjunction with Dropbox, since that would be the ideal solution. Then I wouldn't need to use the virus-prone memory stick.


A:Encrypt a folder in XP home edition

This was released by Microsoft, then withdrawn. Some of what I read attributes this to the fact that an employee can encrypt a folder such that their employer can not have access to it.

It allows you to maintain a "clean" machine, and let other people use it without worrying about what they might get into, without all the hassle of keeping your "hot" data off the computer completely.

As I understand it, the encryption is very, very good.

It's available for download on several different sites, here's one:


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What is/are your suggestion/s?

1. Easy to manage
2. Support many type of encryption
3. Support Windows XP & 7

A:Best software for encrypt individual folder

i choose easy to manage..when we can easy to manage.that's means we can explore and trick it to make more perform usefull.

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I was clicking around in my C drive because I was trying to find a folder that was hidden. I right clicked, click properties, selected the "hidden" folder attribute to the administrator folder, and clicked apply to all folders, subfolders, etc. I realized this was not the right thing because it just hid all the folders inside, so I undid it.

Afterwards, it kicked me off of skype and when I tried to log on again, it said my disk was full when it is obviously not and gave me the "disk i/o error"

In addition, I clicked firefox and it gave me a dialog box that said "Could not initialize the browser security component, etc etc and gave me another warning about my disk being full.

What did I do? Obviously my disk is not full but these two programs think it is full and is giving me error messages. Has this happened to anyone else before?

A:accidentally applied hidden folder attribute, subsequent errors

Restore to previous restore point.

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I have a folder that contains profile backups for a bunch of users. It's a fairly simple file structure:

E:\Users\User1\My Documents
E:\Users\User1\My Documents\file2.file
E:\Users\User1\My Documents\file3.file
And so on.

What I'm trying to achieve is that the folders for User1, User2, etc. have Date Modified attributes that reflect the most recent of any file or folder within it. Currently, I have a number of User folders that have a modified date of sometime in 2008, while its respective subfolders have modified dates much more recent than 2008. I just want to be able to take a quick glance at the top level folders and see what the most recent date modified is for any of its contents.

Is this possible?

Thank you very much.

A:Make Top Folder's Date Modified Attribute Reflect Its Contents

Quote: Originally Posted by CoachHoach

I have a folder that contains profile backups for a bunch of users. It's a fairly simple file structure:

E:\Users\User1\My Documents
E:\Users\User1\My Documents\file2.file
E:\Users\User1\My Documents\file3.file

And so on.

What I'm trying to achieve is that the folders for User1, User2, etc. have Date Modified attributes that reflect the most recent of any file or folder within it. Currently, I have a number of User folders that have a modified date of sometime in 2008, while its respective subfolders have modified dates much more recent than 2008. I just want to be able to take a quick glance at the top level folders and see what the most recent date modified is for any of its contents.

Is this possible?

Thank you very much.

Your profile says you are using Vista.
Are you asking for someone who uses Windows 7 ?

Please clarify before I try to give my answer.

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I have downloaded and used Kakasoft Shared folder protector to limit the access of some of my LAN-shared folders. The problem is that in my pc I had some "marica.exe" malware. Now, when I try to access my encrypted/protected folder I can only see this marica.exe and none of my files/folders. Hard disc appears to have 5GB of data on it, but I can't figure out how to restore them or fix this encrypted thing in order to make it work again... any ideas?? Note that i have not forgotten my password...
Thank you in advance,

A:I can't decrypt/restore encrypted folder

If the infection is gone I would try a restore point and see if your password works again.

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I want to lock (or completely hide without allowing to see with show hidden folder check) a folder with C# for windows platforms. This should be work for both FAT and NTFS file systems. I do not wont to use encryption since it is slow.

Should I use low level c++ code to achieve this?
Also I need this as a robust solution so changing CLSIDs is not working.

Also removing permission with FileSystemAccessRule with AccessControlType.Deny also not working for me. Because that only work on NTFS and also if it is worked then user can right click the folder and remove deny AccessControlType.

Please help me to resolve this.


A:How to lock a folder in professional manner (without using the encrypt

Maybe try that solution...


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Windows being the peice of crap that it is...it gets slow after 1-2 years of solid use, even with the creation of partitions to optimise the use, and consistant deframentation, it gets slow after a year of solid use. So youre forced to reinstall now and again.

So anyway I have reinstalled XP, and now I cant access my WHOLE My documents folder on a seperate partition.

EVERYTHING is in there, college work, work documents, CV, photos, Music, Videos

Is there anyway in which I can decrypt it!?

Or Anyway I can recover the user key from the formatted C drive, with tuneup undelete or something?

Thank you.

In desperate need of help.

A:[SOLVED] How Can iI decrypt My files after reinstalling windows xp?

By the way all I did to this folder, was right click, and clicked 'Make this folder private'

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I deployed my webapp in my client pc i dont have the only one to access that pc other user also viewing and using this pc/server.. so i want to lock /encrypt my wwwroot folder and my database if users attempts to copy my database / wwwroot folder then i dont want them to copy my db and folder..

I saw many articles but not a exect one that works.. I tried folder look to but i wont work on IIS if we locked folder..

So any best idea or any other tricks to do this...


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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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As a rule, I don't run NTFS on any of my systems and I advise against it in most situations. The reason is that I consider the additional stability and security that NTFS offers to be outweighed by the disadvantage of making it impossible, if not near impossible, to clean adware/spyware/viruses from an infected machine. But now I am presented with a new dilemma:

I have a laptop that I am using more as time progresses. It has a lot of information stored on it about my clients' user names, passwords, e-mail configurations, product keys (which they do lose, occasionally). Losing the laptop to a thief and the potential that the thief would discover the valuable and sensitive information stored on it . . . Well, I think you get the idea.

I am thinking of converting the laptop to NTFS and encrypting the many folders that contain sensitive information, thus protecting my clients from any potential damage due to loss of the laptop.

Here's the proposed scenario and conditions:
The laptop's hard disk is converted to NTFS.
Folders containing sensitive information are encrypted.
The OS on the laptop crashes and is unrecoverable.
I am forced to trash the existing OS and set up Windows 2000 or XP fresh and clean and start over again.
What must I do now to prepare for this day so that after the OS is loaded again, I can access those encrypted folders?

A:To encrypt (folders) or not to encrypt--that is my question.

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Unfortunately, had to pay the ransom for a client who did not have good backups. I received the public and private keys, but upon running the decrypt.exe file, it reports success decrypting files, but the files aren't actually decrypted. Is there another program we can run to do this, particularly since we have the public and private keys (supposedly).
The original infected machine was a Windows 7 Pro machine that was so badly damaged it would no longer boot reliably. I took an image of the OS and reformatted so the client could get back to work. I have a copy of all the encrypted files (over 100GB unfortunately - it got to their server share as well). I'd hate to tell them that after paying the ransom they are still screwed.

A:Cryptowall Decrypt not working - have key, still can't decrypt

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Win 7 has mysteriously added read only attribute to all folders on all my drives. It even adds that attribute to newly created files. Even though I am logged in as admin, I cannot remove this read only attribute?




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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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Hi, Whenever I write to a CD RW disc it save no problem, however, it saves with the read-only attribute in place and I can't remove it. I have documents on the disc which are updated on a regular basis, so I need to know how to prevent files being copied with this attribute.

A:Solved: Read-only attribute removal on CDrom

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My goal: copy or burn Excel files to CD for daily work w/capability of same CD updating HD
My system: WinXP/Home on 2 CPU's, 1 monitor
My reason: safety, I work/store biz files on CPU w/o internet
My issue: need to permanently remove 'read-only' attribute from Excel files.
What I've tried: Run: regedit, HKey_Local_Machine>System>CurrentControlSet>Control>Class, Select folder 4D36E965-E325 on both CPU's. down to 8 folders on each but still get 'read-only'. I've read all threads with other suggestions for this issue but am now totally confused. any/all assistance appreciated.

A:Solved: Excel - Remove Read Only Attribute

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I have a XP desktop which has c and d ( two partitions ).
C is Fat32, d is NTFS. All the folders in both the drives are set as read only by default.

If i create any folder and try to delete some file under it..it says access denied because the read-only attribute propagates to all the folders.

Though i change the attribute...they are set to read only automatically when i close and reopen windows explorer or if i go one level up/down the directory structure.
Tried changing the attributes by logging in as local administrator but no luck. Tried using dos attrib with -r and -s options but no go

checked the Security option but there is no "deny access". Please help.

A:windows xp - read-only attribute

Try a system restore if you have encounter this problem last times.

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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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