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Double click on C: drive
click on Organize on the toolbar / folder and search options / view tab / tick show hidden files

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I don't see my folders on my external hard disk. When I scan the disk for viruses I can see my folders while they are scanned. When I add new folders to it they don't disappear.


Hi,
It is due to virus activity. Some virus make the contents of the drive hidden, that is why user can't see the files. This can be fixed and data would be available to you. However, there are number of steps involved.
It is suggested that go to FOLDER OPTIONS - and select 'SHOW HIDDEN FILES & FOLDERS' and uncheck/ Deselect 'HIDE PROTECTED SYSTEM FILES'.
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It would show the hidden files/ folders, if the system not infected Otherwise, from the clean/ virus free system you can see your data and copy all the required files/data. Select the required files and right-click and change the properties of the file by un-checking the hidden attribute. Please note that you can not change the properties (hidden attribute of the files) if the files are marked as system files. To change the attribute of such folders you can download and use iReset.
Dolwnload iReset and drag and drop the files/ folders on to its window to fix.

Also, make sure that you have a good antivirus installed and its updated. Scan your system and clean it. As long the the virus is there on you PC, you cannot get it fixed. However, if new folders don't disappear, it is likely that you would be able to fix the issue.

Let me know if any further clarification/ assistance is required.

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
CreativeTECH

Sep 24, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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HIDDEN FILES DUE TO VIRUS ACTIVITY


Some virus make the contents of the drive hidden, thats why user can't see the files. This can be fixed and data would be available to you. However, there are number of steps involved.
It is suggested that go to FOLDER OPTIONS - and select 'SHOW HIDDEN FILES & FOLDERS' and uncheck/ Deselect 'HIDE PROTECTED SYSTEM FILES'.
creativetech_53.jpg
It would show the hidden files/ folders, if the system not infected Otherwise, from the clean/ virus free system you can see your data and copy all the required files/data. Select the required files and right-click and change the properties of the file by un-checking the hidden attribute. Please note that you can not change the properties (hidden attribute of the files) if the files are marked as system files. To change the attribute of such folders you can download and use iReset. Just select the file or folder and its just as easy to drag and drop to reset all attributes and make the files visible again.(Note that you can reset one folder or file at a time)

Also, make sure that you have a good antivirus installed and its updated. Scan your system and clean it.

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
CreativeTECH

on Jun 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to check whether a virus has effected a PC


Most common type of virus disable the windows capability to show hidden files. To check whether the computer does not have virus , goto My Computer > Tools (Tab) > Folder Options > View >

Select "Show Hidden Files and Folders"

Click apply and ok

Again repeat the same procedure and check whether the selected "Show hidden files and folders" is still active or its been return to the "Don't show hidden files and folders".

If its still active then it means virus has not effected the system of at least you could delete the hidden virus files.

If it automatically return to the "Don't show...", virus has effected you system. Then go for a good anti-virus software.

on Dec 07, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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I have a WD my book drive. When I try to see the files on the drive they are Not there, But when I click the properties the drive shows half the drive space is used. how do I get the files to show be...


Hi,
It is due to virus activity. Some virus make the contents of the drive hidden, thats why user can't see the files. This can be fixed and data would be available to you. However, there are number of steps involved.
It is suggested that go to FOLDER OPTIONS - and select 'SHOW HIDDEN FILES & FOLDERS' and uncheck/ Deselect 'HIDE PROTECTED SYSTEM FILES'.
creativetech_53.jpg
It would show the hidden files/ folders, if the system not infected Otherwise, from the clean/ virus free system you can see your data and copy all the required files/data. Select the required files and right-click and change the properties of the file by un-checking the hidden attribute. Please note that you can not change the properties (hidden attribute of the files) if the files are marked as system files. To change the attribute of such folders you can download and use iReset.

Also, make sure that you have a good antivirus installed and its updated. Scan your system and clean it.

Let me know if any further clarification/ assistance is required.

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
CreativeTECH


Jun 04, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Unable to activate show hidden folders


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:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

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\
Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
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! 

Mar 29, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Unable to activate show hidden folders


Hi,

Based on your description, the OS is infected with a virus. The virus controls this so as to prevent you from seeing "unknown", "unfamiliar" files/folders and thus itself. Th easiest is to run your antivirus and an online scanner, clean/delete said viruses from your system and their support files. Some other indicators are, Task Manager will not show, "msconfig" will run but auto close as well as what you posted, Folder Options will not engage.

Additionally, you could try to:
  • download, install and run RRT.exe to force the registry into removing these restrictions;
  • download, install and run AdAware.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Oct 01, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Hidden folder


Looks like you are infected with the brontok virus. It also disables registry editor and task manager. You can check. And if this is the case, You can download the brontok removal tool from here.

Sep 16, 2008 | Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional for PC

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Problem in accessing hiden folder in win xp


hi there,
If you are comfortable with using the registry, you can check this setting.
Start> Run > type: regedit and hit OK.

Go to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
Advanced


Click on the Advanced folder in the left pane and in the right panel, look for the value name Hidden.

The value data should be 1 = show hidden, 2 = do not show

If you make a change, you have to reboot for it to take effect.

Apr 19, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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