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How to unhide?

By Rasmey
Dec 31, 2007
  1. Some file in my removable disc was hidden (by virus, I think). When I try to unhide it by right-click->properties the hidden box was ticked and blur. I cannot untick it. What can I do to solve this problem? Please help me.

    Rasmey
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    please be very specific with your problems and detailed. We don't have crystal balls here.
     
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    To view hidden files and folders:

    Control Panel> Folder options> View tab> check 'show hidden files and folders.'< Apply> OK,'

    From within Windows Explorer or Search: Tools> Folder Options> View> check 'show hidden files and folders'> Apply> OK.

    NOTE: it is recommended that the files and folders be hidden again when finished viewing to prevent accidental deletions.
     
  4. Rasmey

    Rasmey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Thanks for your suggestion Bobbye but it does not work in this case.
    I'll more detail now.
    I have a folder in my removable disc (flash drive). I can see that it's hidden because it's blurry (not clear as other file). I can still open it but I want to unhide it because some computer cannot view it. As it is, I try Right-Click on that folder then go to properties. Usually I can unhide it by untick (click on the hidden button at the bottom of the property box) but this time I cannot do that because that little box and the word hidden is blur and cannot be clicked. I want to know if I can do anything to get the box work again so I can unhide the folder.
    I hope I make myself clear this time and someone can tell me what to do.
    Thanks in advance.
    Rasmey
     
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Put the flash drive on the computer> open Windows Explorer> navigate to the drive> click on Tools> Folder options> View tab> check 'show hidden files and folders'> Apply> OK.

    If this does not show the files, it is possible the folder has been corrupted, possibly by a virus you mentioned. Have you run an anti-virus scan on this drive?
     
  6. Rasmey

    Rasmey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Yes if I do that I can view the hidden file but it will STILL be hidden. I want to unhide it permanently.
    You may be right that it's corrupted by a virus but I already scanned my computer with AVG and caught what could be caught (hopefully all).
     
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Rasmey, hidden malware is an example in "survival of the fittest"! IF it can hide, it will. You can't prevent this process. It's part of what malware is- it will do whatever it can to remain out of the reach-or view- of the user.

    You can try taking this file out of the hidden status, but I'm not sure it will remain that way: Find the '.exe file' and right click> Properties> UNCHECK 'hidden'> Apply> OK.
     
  8. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,265

    I would suggest running through the malware removal thread (the sticky at the top of the forum) if you were previously infected. Oftentimes malware are not easily cleaned out just by a scan.
     
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