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How to view hidden files in Windows

Files can be hidden in Windows for a variety of reasons. Certain system files can be hidden so that a careless user doesn't accidentally delete or modify them. Personal files might be hidden by their creator so that other users can't view them. And malware or spyware programs might install themselves and hide the files to make them harder to find.

But whatever the reason a file is hidden, you can view hidden files if you want to in Windows. To set Windows to show hidden files, open a folder or go into Windows Explorer and under the Tools menu, click Folder Options. Go to the View tab, and under the heading "Hidden files and folders," click the radio button next to "Show hidden files and folders." Then click Apply or OK.

Now, when you view a folder that has a hidden file or subfolder in it, that file or folder will be visible. When you see a hidden file in a Windows folder, it will be listed right along with the rest of the files in that folder, but its icon or thumbnail will appear faded and pixellated. You can open it and access it just like any other file, but it's technically "hidden."

To change a file's attributes so it's not hidden anymore, right click on the file and select Properties. In the General tab, at the bottom, uncheck the box next to "Hidden" and click Apply. Now, when you view the folder where that file resides, it will look the same as the other files. (If you want to make the file hidden again, just go back into its properties and re-check the "Hidden" box and click Apply.)

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delete autorun inf virus 4gb


If you have a autorun.inf virus on your memory card/USB stick the anti virus software on your PC may not allow access in order to stop it from spreading.

First you need to disable autorun feature on Windows operating system :

Follow steps in link :

http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-disable-autorun-autoplay-in-windows-7-and-windows-8/

After disabling the feature you will have access to your memory card/USB stick. The next step is to delete autorun.inf virus file hidden on your memory card/USB stick. But first you need to make the hidden virus file visible.

Follow steps in link to show hidden system files :

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/show-hidden-files-in-windows-7/

Now navigate to your memory card/USB stick you should see the autorun.inf file - DELETE IT.

(If it doesnt allow you to delete it - restart the PC in safe mode by pressing F8 on start up and choosing safe mode and try again)

Back up your files on the memory stick/USB stick to your PC and to make sure the virus is gone from the memory stick/USB format it using your PC.

Dont to forget re-hide your system files to prevent accidental deletion.

Good luck!

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picasa wants a password to unlock folders


Which operating system ????....

Windows XP

  1. Exit Picasa.
  2. Confirm that you can view hidden files and folders .
  3. Open the folder C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2\db3 (where [USER] is your username).
  4. Delete the catdata_info.pmp file.
  5. Restart Picasa.
Note: Although you may be running a newer version of Picasa, rest assured the correct folder name is indeed Picasa2.

Windows Vista

  1. Exit Picasa.
  2. Confirm that you can view hidden files and folders .
  3. Open the folder C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2\db3 (where [USER] is your username).
  4. Delete the catdata_info.pmp file.
  5. Restart Picasa.
Note: Although you may be running a newer version of Picasa, rest assured the correct folder name is indeed Picasa2.

Windows 7

  1. Exit Picasa.
  2. Confirm that you can view hidden files and folders .
  3. Open the folder C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2\db3 (where [USER] is your username).
  4. Delete the catdata_info.pmp file.
  5. Restart Picasa.
Note: Although you may be running a newer version of Picasa, rest assured the correct folder name is indeed Picasa2.

OS X

  1. Exit Picasa.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Under your username, open Library > Application Support > Google.
  4. Click Picasa3 > db3.
  5. Delete the catdata_info.pmp file.
  6. Restart Picasa.

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computer is very slow loading at start up and opening programmes how do i recover the computer to an earlier date


there may be several reason that computer works slow.....first thing come virus in system.....then come system configuration......try to update antivirus and scan whole system...mcafee 8.5i enterprise ver is good one to scan for viruses....if it doesnot work reinstall windows and then scan the whole system

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deleted some hidden files


you can reinstall the software...

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