Show Hidden Files and Folders

Have you ever encountered a virus that automatically creates .exe files out of your existing folders in your USB flash drive?

Have you deleted them using an Antivirus?

And when you deleted them, were the folders all gone?

Just today, my sister was crying because my brother deleted the viruses in her flash drive. She was so horrified when she noticed that all her folders were gone! She was crying for 30 minutes before I arrived. Luckily, I’ve encountered this scenario before.

First, I inserted the flash drive. Then on My Computer, right-click on the flash drive icon and click Properties. You will notice that the Used Space and Free Space meters indicates that you have existing files in your USB. But you can’t see them, right? So that means they’re hidden.

So what I did was EXPLORE the flash drive. Went to TOOLS>>FOLDER OPTIONS>>VIEW. Then in that tab, I looked for the “Show hidden files and folders.” Selected it and clicked APPLY. Nothing happened. So my initial suspicions were confirmed. This is really the work of a virus which does something to the registry.

So here is what I did to restore it back. There are so many methods to restore back the registry but this is my favorite method. 🙂

1. Click START.
2. Click RUN or press Windows key + R.
3. The RUN window will appear. Type regedit. Click OK.
4. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
5. Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key.
6. Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
7. The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally.

And with that, I was able to save the day. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Show Hidden Files and Folders

  1. KISS KATE International June 18, 2009 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Thanks, Moe! 😀 Great help. Same thing with what happened to my Tito. Btw, sino sa kanila yung umiyak? Hehe.. 🙂

  2. Joanna Chua June 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm Reply

    i have a virus that does the same thing, except ang tinatago niya yung temporary internet files at yung temp na folder because dun nakatago yung virus. 🙂

  3. west paraiso June 19, 2009 at 3:40 am Reply

    wow, yun pala yun. thanks!

  4. ★mariahxstar★ sanchez June 19, 2009 at 7:53 am Reply

    ako. wah. namaga mata ko. :))

  5. Jean Monique Sanchez June 19, 2009 at 8:45 am Reply

    No problem. It's just playing around with the registry keys. Hehe.Si Mariah! 😛

  6. Jean Monique Sanchez June 19, 2009 at 8:46 am Reply

    You can deal with it using the method I posted above, then manually delete the viruses. 🙂

  7. Jean Monique Sanchez June 19, 2009 at 8:46 am Reply

    Yup. 🙂 You're welcome!

  8. Annizah Camid June 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Panu po ba to?! e wala kasing RUN ung pc ko. i'm using Windows Vista.

  9. Annizah Camid June 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Panu po ba to?! e wala kasing RUN ung laptop ko. i'm using Windows Vista

  10. Annizah Camid June 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm Reply

    how about for vista users?!

  11. KIKAY KATITAY June 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Lol. hahaha 😛 buti nalang magaling ang ate mo 😀

  12. Jean Monique Sanchez June 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm Reply

    If the option to show hidden files and folders is missing, you can do the manual registry tweak. 🙂 Same procedure actually. Go to Run. Type regedit. Press OK.Navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Advanced\Folder\HiddenLook for a key named Type on the right-hand side and change the value to group. If the key does not exist, create a new String value.You should be able to immediately re-open the folder properties, and the option should have returned.If you can see the option, but the option is not working, just follow the instructions I posted in my blog. 🙂

  13. Jean Monique Sanchez June 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Haha! 🙂

  14. rea uy June 20, 2009 at 12:08 am Reply

    very good!:D

  15. Jean Monique Sanchez June 20, 2009 at 12:40 am Reply

    Rea Ganda!!! 🙂 I miss you!!! 🙂

  16. arianne oroceo June 24, 2009 at 11:25 am Reply

    hi monique..pano ung s checked value….dword xa pero hindi 1 ang value….delete ko p din ba?? thanks!

  17. Jean Monique Sanchez June 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm Reply

    No need. What you need to do is double click the value and change it to 1. 🙂

  18. arianne oroceo June 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm Reply

    ok po…thanks ha…great help!

  19. Jean Monique Sanchez June 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm Reply

    NO problem. 😀

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