Growing Number of Invisible XP Files

By garage door
Mar 17, 2007
  1. For the last 10 months or so, Norton has been finding files on our hard drives that do not show up in the Windows tally. There is a LARGE difference.

    Windows sees 186,000 files.
    Norton Antivirus sees 612,000 files.

    This number has grown steadily over the last about 10 months.

    Besides Norton Internet Security, we have several anti-spyware/malware programs active on our computer including Spyware Doctor, Counterspy, and Spybot. None of these seem to have a problem with these "invisible" files.

    What can be the problem?
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    By default, Windows Explorer hides system files, and files / directories with "hidden" attribute set.

    The file count difference could be caused by XP's System Restore (a lot of hidden files in C:\System Volume Information, if C: is your system partition).
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    some security files like zonealarm etc also write log files. Over time these accumulate. Whether or not they hide these files is another question.
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