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2 Registry Editor
Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box {type in "regedit" in the run box}.When the
Registry Editor is opened go to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” in the drop down snap-ins (n the left pane) Click “Software” then “Microsoft” –> “Windows”->”CurrentVersion” ->”Explorer” and
then “Advanced”. On the right pane area, double-click hidden and when the dialog box pops up, change the value to 1,then OK.
Check if it has taken effect or not and don’t forget to type
“gpupdate” in the run box to update the current changes in the system registry. You can refer to the graphical illustration below:

Still you can’t see the hidden folder? Then you need totry the Next Trick..

3. Command Prompt
Here you’ll need to do using Command Prompt (CMD), in the run box type CMD, and then select your directory where your hidden folder/file is located.
Let’s consider D: is your directory and Folder1 is the folder you had hidden.
Run – CMD (press enter) – cd (press enter) – d: (pressenter) – attrib –h Folder1 (press enter) and check if the changes has taken affect.

If you need to do unhide a file not a folder suppose a file name “Name” type like this “attrib –h Name” (the Name represents a folder name or a file name) inside the directory or the folder directory.
If you want to unhide all files or folders inside a folder/directory then type like this attrib –h *.* (press enter)

Please note that if your system is infected by virus/worm/Trojan horse, etc.. etc. then this will not work. It’s a best bet to run a virus scan, you can try with this multi-scanner from the link below : http://www.technize.com/?dl_id=6
Good luck…

If anyone knows more about the hidden file and folder (tips or tricks, not hacking), please don't hesitate to add them as comments.

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  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
  4. In the right pane of Registry Editor, double-click Common Administrative Tools.
  5. In the Value data box , type the following line, and then click OK: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
  6. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
  7. Restart the computer.

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Sep 08, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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hi friend chk this

You are right that this is because of a virus attack. The virus has changed somethign in the registry. Follow the below methods:
Method 1:Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
Go to this key:

In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.
Now you’re all set to go. Check it in your tools menu if the changes have taken effect.
Method 2:1. Click “Start” -> “Run…” (or press Windows key + R)
2. Type “regedit” and click “Ok”.
3. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
4. Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key.
5. Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
6. The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally. Enjoy!

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for this issue there is a registry fix :

Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
Go to this key:


In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

surely this will work

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you have virus in your system use antivirus to remove the virus it is the virus blocks you from accessing the folder ........

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your win XP 2 infected with virus. Maybe rontokbro@mm. to restore back the regedit. download this file

save to your desktop then

Right-click the UnHookExec.inf file and click install. (This is a small file. It does not display any notice or boxes when you run it).

Hope it's work for you.

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