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Q: Finding Hidden Files

Hi... I took a picture of myself to send to my boyfriends email...and didnt want anyone else to see it...so i tried making it have a pw and when i logged on you could STILL click on it and see it...so i right clicked on it and seen ATTRIBUTES: hidden ... and clicked the box.... i cant find the damn picture and i want to deleate it so that It wil not be on my computer anymore....

Preferred Solution: Finding Hidden Files

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A: Finding Hidden Files

Hi jessr06

Try going to Start/ControlPanel/FolderOptions/View and changing the button to SHOW Hidden Files and Folders. Just don't forget to change it back when you are finished. Let us know how you go.


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I have been trying to monitor my 13 year olds computer and he is wayyyy more techy than I am. I think he was on to me because today when I went in I clicked on folder, tools, options (maybe not in that order) but when I went to click on (I think ) options ;....there was a little icon on the left and when I clicked on it it would not open? What could he have done to it ? And how can I unlock it? I would be so grateful for any help?

Also, his MSN instant messenger has disappeared? it shows he has one unread message but his inbox is empty....where could it have gone ...is it hidden too? How do I find it/

A:finding hidden files

I'm an adult but am not a fan of helping people spy on other people, regardless of their relationship. I strongly suggest you ask your son if he is hiding something and to give you access to the files

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I purchased a CD with thousands of pictures on it but for some reason I can only see the flash application that shows you the pictures. The program is 3 megs, the total size of the files on the CD that you can see is 3megs. But with hunderds - thousands of pictures on there I know that the disc is full.. I've already tried 'show hidden files'.. I am wondering how the people who burned the CD hid the files and how I can access the pictures...

Thank you in advance,

PS. The content is NOT COPY WRITTEN - They are pictures of scenes from famous tourist places in Iran. I lost all the pictures I had taken and wanted to post some of these on facebook to show friends where I went. - Just a heads up for anyone who was concerned.

A:Finding hidden files on a CD

I would suggest that you contact the company you purchased the CD from. CDs hold ~ 700 MB; there may be an extraction app needed.

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Hi. I've a problem with an IP address that keeps connecting to my PC unwantedly and exchanging information and am trying to find any programme on the PC that is giving it access. I was recommended SOPHOS Anti-rootkit, which has identified an unknown hidden file in C:\Documents and Settings\Stephen Hills\Local Settings\Temp\vxfwlb.exe However, even with folder options set to 'show hidden files' I cannot find that file - nor does 'search' locate it ? Sophos doesn't recommend cleaning it up - but I wanted to find it and see what date it appeared on my PC as if it is in the last week it is probably connected to my problems. How can I find and if necessary remove that file ? Thanks

A:Finding Hidden Files That May Be Malware

Are you left blank field "Hide protected operating system files (Recomended)" in Folder Options?

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probably something really simple...im trying to clear up some space on my old computer, so first off, im checking folder size to see where the most gigs are hiding so i can hack and slash them away and maybe increase performance a tad...i start off by going to the users, i see that theres just 'owner' and 'all users' im thinking 'all users' is just all folders combined-references more to do with permissions than actual locations of files, so i check 'owner' and see theres about 24 gigs in there.... I open it up, and theres 5 folders: desktop, favorites, my docs, start menu, and WINDOWS. i check the sizes of each of these folders, and, surely not to anyones surprise the only one that has any real space taken up is my docs (the others dont come anywhere close to a gig) BUT...my docs is only 1.4 gigs... i checked 'owner' properties and 'hidden' is NOT checked...so it doesnt appear that there are hidden folders...
im thinking its something stupid like the 'owner' folder carries references to other folders in all users, like programs maybe, i dunno. any help appreciated!

A:finding files...hidden maybe? (noob)

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Hello everyone,

I've been doing some maintenance on my parent's PC, and I suspect it may be infected with something. I'd be surprised if it wasn't, since they often do things like open slideshows e-mailed to them, or visit lots of Chinese websites using IE. I don't have any direct evidence of an infection, except that it seems unusually slow. Norton found a few things sitting quiescently in e-mail attachment directories, which it deleted. Running the various antivirus programs from a Boot CD (UBCD) found nothing. Also ran a few things like Spybot and Malwarebytes, which I think found some minor items. RootKitRevealer, and GMER found nothing.

However, when I used EZPCFix/Rootkitty to do a comparative scan between running under the installed Windows XP, and running from a Windows UBCD, I got a mile-long log that lists much of the contents of the drive. Originally I thought I must have targeted the wrong drive or something, but after repeating the scan a few times, I seem to be following the scanner's directions correctly. So either it's not working right, or this could be a strategy to defeat this sort of differential examination, by tweaking a huge number of files so it can hide among them.

Sophos Anti-Rootkit finds 90-some hidden files when run, all listed as Unknown, with cleaning not recommended. I've repeated it a few times, and while there are some items that come and go, most of the entries consistently appear. I can't ... Read more

A:Sophos Anti-Rootkit finding lots of hidden files

Hello not malware... When you install updates from Windows Update, backup folders are created for the files that were replaced during the update. These are created so that you can easily uninstall a particular Hotfix, if it causes problems with your system. If your system is running stable and you don't need to uninstall the hotfixes, then you can safely remove the backup files to free up disk space.See Doug Knox

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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.


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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

 rkill.log   1.05KB

A: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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I tried asking this question a week or so ago without any joy so I will try again! I am having to re write this as I cannot find the original post.

A while ago when using an other comp I came across a list of what appeared to be everything that was stored on the computer. It was listed in alphabetical order and was seemingly endless. Now I have absolutely no idea how I found this hidden cache and have been unable to repeat the exercise!

I have since changed my computer to one which I bought second hand from a computer engineer.
I would like to find this same list as heaven only knows what may be on here.
Does anyone have any idea how to find it - please?

I hope my second try at this will be more productive.

Thanks in great anticpation.

PS Incidentally, how do I find my old posts please?

A:Finding Hidden Memory.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic125618-15.htmlI just click on your name and show your posts

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I saw a file in regedit named F:/radio_time.txt.
I tried to find it and may be opened to look at it but it does not appear.
I tried in option of FOLDERS to enable viewing all the system files but still it does not appear.
How I will find and open it?

A:finding a Hidden file

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How would I find a program that is running in the background and is hidden from the task manager? my friend decided to put an auto-clicker on my laptop and hide it, so i cant find it. ive tried using programs that show all processes, but nothing has appeared. ive looked through msconfig, but theres nothing suspicious. the startup folder is empty. my documents, %temp%, and other folders dont have any files in them that dont belong. ive unhidden the folders, so if it were hidden using properties, i should see it, but i dont. what else can i do?

A:Finding hidden program

Try Autoruns.

Manage Hidden Windows Processes, Services, DLLs, StartUp Applications with Microsoft’s Sysinternals AutoRuns

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Quite some time ago, and on another computer, I was fiddling around and came up with what seemed to be a total list of everything that was on or had been on the computer. It was in alphabetical order and there were litterally thousands of things there obviously covering the entire life of the computer.

At this moment I have a computer which I bought 2nd hand from my computer guy and I would like to find this hidden cache again if possible, to see what is there. Can anyone help me please?

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Some time back I changed a file folder to "hidden", now I can't remember where it is and don't know a good method to find it.

Suggestions please!

thanks for the help,

A:Lost HIDDEN File... need help finding it.

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Hi all,

Can anybody please help me with this one. I see a lot of computers lately with the same type of malware infection. I am able to remove the infection with Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, Hitman Pro and MBAM; however, the changes do not revert back. All computers are either Windows Vista or Windows 7. All of the computers have the following symptoms before and after the clean-up: Black background screen which cannot be changed via Personalize option, hidden desktop and user files, hidden or white quick launch icons, disabled system restore.

Is this a new type of infection? I haven't seen this type of infection before. Is there a good solution guide for removing this malware and reverting back the changes?

A:Malware Signs: Black Background - Hidden Desktop Icons - Hidden User Files

I had this infection yesterday. I used the procedure for "Windows XP Recovery" removal, which first requires the use of a program called rkill, before using Malwarer Bytes. This sounds exactly like what happened to me. Look on this site for Windows XP Recovery removal for the link to rkill and this will probably work for you.

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I have created a control textbox in PPT on a slide and in the VBA editor I set the Visible property to false...... now I need to get back at that hidden textbox....

can anybody help.....

is there a way to unhide..... or is there an object browser that will show me every object on each slide????

A:Solved: Finding hidden control textboxes.....PPT

Hi Red,

If you know the name of the control, use the Immediate window (from the VBIDE, press Ctrl + G), type the name of the control, then ".visible = true" and hit enter. If you got the name right, after you type the . intellisence should come up.

Edit: OR, I forgot to mention, in the VBIDE, if you're on the slide with the control, hit F4 to show the properties window. Directly under the Properties window title you'll see a little drop down. You can select all of your controls from there. Select the text box in question and set its property as desired.


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To prank one of my friends, I was gonna find an audio player that stays hidden, and set it to play an annoying song, then make it play from a batch file at a certain time. Believe it or not, I can't seem to find a hidden music player.

A:Finding hidden audio player to prank a friend.

Play invisible music with batch file?

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I noticed yesterday that Avira is finding a lot of hidden objects. Also when I scanned with Avira, using complete logs mode, I also alerted me about over 100 warnings because there are files it cannot scan. However, I cannot paste this log since the log on complete report mode is huge (50mb!). This didn't use to happen during daily scans, i'm fairly sure that I have caught something evil. I have added FRST log bellow and attached Additions log + Avira log as attachements  I also did malwarebytes scan, but that found nothing.
Thanks again.
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:14-05-2016
Ran by jaakk (administrator) on JAAKKO (16-05-2016 00:49:55)
Running from C:\Users\jaakk\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: jaakk &  (Available Profiles: jaakk)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1511 (X64) Language: suomi (Suomi)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvxdsync.e... Read more

A:Avira finding lots of Hidden objects all of the sudden, also warnings!

I don't see Additional.txt.Please post.

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Where in VISTA HOME BASIC file structure , are the Outlook emails (files) ?
If the pst files are in a hidden folder or are hidden how can be seen or search for ?

A:If the pst files are in a hidden folder or are hidden how can be seen or search for ?

Hi Ise123

my Outlook.pst is located at

AppData is a hidden folder

Control Panel
Folders Options
View Tab
Check "Show hidden files and folders"
Hope this help

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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.

A: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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Some of my important system files are no longer hidden and I can't hide them even with the Command Prompt "attrib" command. Files such as bootmgr and ntldr are shown and I can't hide them. Also, show Protected System files is unchecked and show hidden files is also unchecked so they shouldn't be showing. I tried to re-add their system file attribute but I keep getting an "Access Denied" error in CMD and I do not have user account control on and I'm on a Default Administrator Account. Please Help...

A:Hidden System files are no longer hidden

Welcome to Seven Forums hpardo.
Have the files recently become unhidden? Maybe you installed a new program which fouled up your file system. Run this tool to correct corrupt files, it won't change your personal files. SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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i used combofix and i did let it finish and rebooted my pc after it finished!
when i booted my pc back i saw some folders in C: drive that should be hidden like:
but they are not hidden
and in folder options the option for"show hidden files and folders is" UNTICKED
so i don't know what combofix did to my file attributes but i wanna know how to get it back the way it was?!
it is also happened to my other drives such as D: and E:

A:I am seeing files that should be hidden but aren't hidden

Hi liorshwa,
Welcome to the BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.
My name is Mako and I will be helping you with your computer problems.
Before we begin, please note the following:
Please stay with the topic until I tell you that your system is clean. Missing symptoms does not mean that everything is okay.
The instructions given are for your system only!
Please do not run any tools until requested! The reason for this is so I know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.
If you don't understand something don't hesitate to ask before running the tools.
Now let's get started...
First off, I don't think it was very wise to use ComboFix straight away. This is a very powerful tool that shouldn't be used without supervision of a security helper.
But anyway, no point in working on things that happened in the past.
Take action to disable your antivirus and antispyware programs, as they may conflict with Zoek.exe
>> Info on how to disable your security applications > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html
Download zoek.exe to your desktop
If Internet Explorer, any other browser, or a security program issues a warning indicating the file is unsafe, please ignore, since it is a false warning.
Using Zoek.exe
On the Desktop, double-click Zoek.exe to start the tool.
Windows Vista, 7 and 8 users right-click the file and select... Read more

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Both laptops OS : Win 7

As above. I bought a new laptop recently and stupidly went to surf the net for a short period without any AntiVirus protection.

Soonafter, I inserted some flash drives to transfer stuff to my new laptop, but I realised that all the files in my flash drives are hidden and replaced by shortcuts.

I suspected a virus and inserted my flash drive back to my old laptop, which AVG immediately detected as a Dorkbot Backdoor. I recovered all my files in the flash drives already.

I installed and ran AVG full scan on my new laptop, it removed mostly Dorkbot Backdoors , trojans and 1 corrupted executable.

However, I tried accessing most Antivirus sites such as Norton to test, but I can't connect to it.

I think the virus is still present somewhere.

Any help is appreciated. =)

A:Dorkbot Virus infection. It converts all files in flash drive to hidden files.

Update :

I've decided to reformat my new laptop since it is new anyway. It isn't a painful process yet.

Will update if the traces of the virus is still present.

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My wife received a popup box warning about a problem with the hard drive. She called me over and we didn't click OK but the damage must have already been done.

All of the files appear to be gone. All of the program files and documents that should be in my documents appear empty. Thanksfully I could see GMER scanning all of these missing files so it looks like they are just hidden. I am not taking any action to recover these as I know how that can cause other virus issues so I am just waiting for help.

The computer seems to be working OK in that I have internet access and the programs that show up in the upper left of the start menu can be launched (IE, Outlook, and a Bridge Game that I play) but all of the other 'All Programs' appear empty.

Attached is are log files. I couldn't send to zip file due to computer issue so I am attaching the txt files.


DDS (Ver_11-05-19.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Run by Erik at 12:34:36 on 2011-05-31
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.347 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Webroot AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper *Enabled/Updated* {77E10C7F-2CCA-4187-9394-BDBC267AD597}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Security\Current\Framework\WRConsumerService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:Documents and Programs files are hidden - GMER scans the 'missing' files

Hello and welcome to TSF. My name is Taylor and I'll be helping you with your fix.

I am currently reviewing your log. Please note that this is under the supervision of an expert analyst, and I will be back with a fix for your problem as soon as possible.

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Any files I move to external drives are converted to windows system files, hidden, and have a shortcut created.  Anything in a folder is not touched.  It doesn't seem to reinfect other computers that it is subsequently plugged into.  Tried Malware Bytes and it did not remove the problem.  Running Windows 8.1.  Saw a suggestion of using Combofix on another forum, not Windows 8.1 Compatible. DSS is not compatible either it tells me.  

A:Files moves to flash drive converted to system files and hidden

Hello,it's important that you don't open one of these shortcuts from now on. This leads to a re-infection.Please run a FRST scan to begin with:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.(If you are not sure which version (32-/64-bit) applies to your system, download and try to start both of them as just the right one will run.)Start FRST with administator privileges.Make sure the option Addition.txt is checked and press the Scan button.When finished, FRST will produce two logs (FRST.txt and Addition.txt) in the same directory the tool was run from.Please copy and paste these logs in your next reply.

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Hello all,I think this is a pretty simple answer. I have been looking over the internet but haven't not found a solid solution. I have a subscription to Bitdefender 2009 Antivirus. After a scan it tells me that the following are password protected files. I just want to delete them! Whats the best way to do this?After reading around, I tried to use ATF Cleaner and Ccleaner. After I used those programs I ran the full system scan again and the files are still found. I even tried to allow myself to see them through the folder options. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help!<AffectedItem index="0" itemType ="File" path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\YMYTAQUN\valert[1].ui=]CmnIds.vbs" threatType="virus" threatName="Password-protected" action="none" finalStatus= "not scanned" error= "no action possible"/> <AffectedItem index="1" itemType ="File" path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\YMYTAQUN\valert[1].ui=]images/arrow_right.gif" threatType="virus" threatName="Password-protected" action="none" finalStatus= "not scanned" error= "no action possible"/> <AffectedItem index="... Read more

A:Trying to remove some hidden password protected files from 'Temporary Internet Files'

As the above log is from a Bit Defender scan, 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.

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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.

A: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,

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i tried to get rid of the virus but i'm not having any luck. heres what happened. almost all my files were hidden. i have unhided them. sometimes i get a redirect from whatever i select in google to some seach site call happii. alot of my folders have been changed to read only and i can't download into them. i go back and try to take control of the download folder but then after a while i can't download into it again. i tried malwarebtyes and it found 3 viruses but the problem is still not gone. tried combofix and that helped (my start menu was empty). don't know what to try next.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_30
Run by stylistic at 22:15:11 on 2012-04-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3318.2091 [GMT -5:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:... Read more

A:google redirect, files hidden, files set to read only

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i have a problem with virus, it hides my files, or have encrypted it, i dont know. even if i scan with my kaspersky antivirus still i cant see my files. my friend told me to use data recovery softwares, i tried some with no success. i can see some files but on my .pst file i can only see emails up to october 2010, what happen to my emails from that period up to april 2011? any advice?

A:Hidden files, or damged files caused by a virus.

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 below. Use a USB flash drive to download and transfer the tools to the affected machine, if necessary. You might like to run the Flash_Disinfector.exe on the clean machine and the flash drive first to protect against any possible transfer of infection via USB.

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

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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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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I have windows vista and I need help finding FLV files and flash files on the computer .

Yes I checked C:\Users\mike\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
I cannot fined any FLV files and flash files .Where else can I look for it ? Any where it saves it in temep folder ? Now I'm trying play it with out a bandwith overload but cannot find the FLV files and flash files .
I'm over the the bandwith .

A:Need help finding FLV files and flash files on the computer

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I have two files Avast can not scan. 
error: the file cannot be accessed by the system (1920)
error: the file cannot be accessed by the system (1920)
They look like they might be something to do with Windows 10?
I might have  typo in the warnings - i had to type these in as i cant see how you grab a report from avast.
Any ideas?

A:Avast on Win 7 finding two files it can not scan. Win 10 files?

Correct windows 10 is downloading in the background and there are two folders BT and WS they are, I believe, password prot4ected files until they are installed

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Okay so question recently did a system restore and it worked fine and what not but now my computer is saying that more file space is taken up that is not, I have browsed my folders manually and still only find about 35 gb's of stuff but im missing 100 gb's on my previous settings that would seem about right but I can not find the folders for this previous setup I have tried programs that come with the OS and some freeware ones and they can't find the folders and say that I am only taking up about 40 gb's but the nice computer says I am taking up about 140 gbs lol, someone help please!

A:Hidden Files that are truly...hidden!

Go to control panel, folder options, and enable "show hidden files and folders" and disable "hide protected operating system files". You'll be able to see all the files on your drive. To get an accurate count, go to C:\, go to edit, select all, then file, properties, and it should tell you exactly how much space all the files take up.

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Well, with regret, I have to say I got hit with a virus. Every file and folder in c: and my external was hidden. After days of researching, I was able to find a temporary resolution with a program called Attribute Changer. I ran this program and then I was able to see my folders and files....well, kind of. The files and folders are showing but in a light shade for some reason. When I share the folders with another Computer in the house, I can see the folder as I did before, but when I open it, I see nothing again. Assuming that the attribute changer is doing something on my desktop that only allows that computer to view the files. Is this a temporary fix and if so, how can I get my files back?

A:Hidden but no so Hidden Files?!?!

Welcome aboard Let's see, if we can recover your missing features.Download and run UnHideLet me know, if it worked.

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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


A: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.


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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Dear Support,
Yesterday i download 24GB (movies+data) files to my passport drive form my System. After restart when i connect my passport drive again, its shows no data avaialble on it but still drive shows usage of 24GB consuemed. I use all option such as Show hidden Files, Hide Protected, Hide unknown extension etc. I use USB show but it not work for me.

Kindly help me if any body know anything regarding this issue..

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I have Office 2003 Pro preinstalled (only good advantage is no activation)....any

originally it was a hidden file but i had to use "Show Hidden Files Folder Option" to view this so i could reinstall it...anyway, i forgot to change the setting back aftwerwards and i was deleting stuff from my "D" partion (i have "C" Windows and "D" partions) and when i put it back and put the hide system files and folders and didn't go back as a hidden file can i put it back so its hidden to avoid this problem again?

(I have burned a backup copy onto discs)...one othe problem i encounted was i never got a product key which stunk, so i don't know how you're suppose to reinstall anyway i rang microsoft and they gave me a new key at no charge which was a surprise....

hope you can help.....


A:Hiding Files (like Hidden System Files)


If you want to make a file or folder hidden, right click on the file or folder, select properties, at the bottom where it lists attributes, check the box that says hidden.

Hope this helps

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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.

A: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,

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I'd appreciate a little help with a problem I'm having in finding files. I suspect it might have to do with Libraries which I don't fully understand.

If I go to C:\music I can see any number of music files located there. But when using another program and their option to "browse", when I go to the same folder I see none of the music files. Kinda like a magic act!

Could anyone point me in the right directions?

Thanks. Jim

A:Finding files

Quote: Originally Posted by Lykele

I'd appreciate a little help with a problem I'm having in finding files. I suspect it might have to do with Libraries which I don't fully understand.

If I go to C:\music I can see any number of music files located there. But when using another program and their option to "browse", when I go to the same folder I see none of the music files. Kinda like a magic act!

Could anyone point me in the right directions?

Thanks. Jim

If you click "Start", "Computer", there is a "Search" window in the right corner. You can put the file name (Blue.mp3) or if you don't know the file name, put *.mp3

It will bring them up.

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Can someone please tell me if a history and temp internet file exist in win2k and if so where can they be found???? Thanks.


A:help finding files

to find the temp internet file location go to tools menu, internet options. middle section titled temp internet files, select the settings button, it will display the location of the storage location
That is also where the cookies are stored I beleive

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I keep a couple of .txt files on my desktop, so I can easily refer to them.

Today I lost them. They are not in the recycle bin though, it has not been emptied since July, so, where can these files be please?

I have done a search for them, and they just seemed to have vanished without trace.

Please could someone help me locate them?


A:Help pls, in finding some .txt files.

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this is a bit of an embarrassing question but please bear in mind that I am a novice at this. I understand about FTP but how do you actually find FTP files in the first place? Is there a search engine in the same way as for normal website pages? Or do you just look for the FTP option when you are downloading files?

Thanks for your help.


A:finding FTP files

FTP is File Transfer Protocol. As such, it is a definition for a mechanism to transfer files over a network.

So, there aren't any "FTP Files" since you could theoretically FTP any file.

I believe you're referring to "FTP Sites". Usually, FTP sites are maintained by businesses or individuals who would like to allow people to transfer files to or from them quickly - using FTP. Usually these sites are technical or scholarly in nature - like a computer company having update files on it's FTP site. There will usually be a link on a companies home page. Or a user might have an FTP server with MPEG or MP3 files on it available for download.

As stated, you usually have to be told of the existence of an FTP site or server. You could just "gues" however, this is the hard way.

FTP is "quicker" than using HTTP although file transfer is possible with both.

Modern browsers are capable of changing from HTTP to FTP pretty seamlessly to the user.

Older users (like me ;) or "power users") sometimes prefer the command line FTP which can give a little more control over the intracacies of the protocol. Some programmers have built this into GUI FTP programs such as WS-FTP.

Hope this helps.

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hi can anyone help please i had to reformat my pc as it crash while doin a system recovery. ive lost all my mp3s data files. pictures how can i find them all again there in a differnt partition

thanks dave

A:help finding files please

Did you do a Full install?
When you say on a different partition was it still on the same Hard drive?

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Is there any reason when I do a search for files on my PC, as in START/FIND/FILES or FOLDERS that it doesn't find the files that I have saved within Outlook Express?

For instance, I know SOMEWHERE in my OE I have an email with an attached jpg. in it named PhillyJimmy in it.... but when I do a search of my hard drive (C) it will not find the file. Shouldn't find files or folders find that file name if it's exact?




A:Finding files within OE...???

Hey BigDave

Yes, there is. OE is a database program - your emails are not files, they are information stored within the index files (.DBX). The only way to use search to find something there is to specify what text you are looking for in search. And for files, you would enter *.dbx.

However, if you know it is in a folder in OE, you can use the "search" included in OE.
Click Edit->Find Message In This Folder. If it stops at a possible email and it is not the one, pressing F3 will make it continue the search until it has gone through a folder.

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I posted about missing files after malware cleanup seperately because i don't want to combine the two. I have a question about how to get rid of files i see in my Secunia psi program but never see them listed in windows uninstaller, Revo uninstaller or even Iobit uninstaller .

Thank you very much, the help is truly appreciated.

A:finding files

Hello -Since you have no record of Malware Cleanup at this forum, could you please tell or link us to that particular item -I think that one minor problem may be related to the IObit programs installed on your system.It is unfortunate that this program / company has a habit of confusing some of your files, and makes them hard to find.The first / best option is to remove IObit from your computer. Next uninstall Secunia PSI Version 3 if that is what you use.Then you can install Secunia PSI Version 2, and not use the latest Version 3, that is a bit more complicated.You may find the earlier version of Secunia is much easier to manage, and easier to handle for many people (me included).Thank You - EDITED to add Secunia 2 Link -

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My friend has some important photos in his memory card which is in cell
They are not appearing in the cell phone.
But, they are appearing in my PC when connected using the data cable (

USB ) and after checked the option "show hidden files and folders".
They are reappearing in the cell phone after deleting and recopying
the files to cell phone.

My question is ,the "show hidden files and folders" is a option in
windows based operating systems. But, why it is effecting the memory
card. Why they are not appearing in the cell phone.

Thank you for your consideration.

A:Files are hiding in memory card? The "show hidden files and folders" option.....

I got the answer, thank you.

The properties of the file has changed to 'hidden'.
I have unchecked the "hidden" option in the file properties.

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My file search is not finding files which I know are there, including files that I find and then try a search to see if windows eight can also find them. I have tried all the solutions' offered by googling 'windows 8 not finding file' such as the troubleshooter . One suggestion was to change the location of where to search to 'everywhere' but this option is greyed out.
Any ideas?

A:Search not finding files

Hello Trevor,

You might see if the items in the yellow Tip box at the top of the tutorial below may be able to help with your search results.

Search in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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