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Windows 7: Hidden Files and Folders, doesnt show


26 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Hidden Files and Folders, doesnt show

Uhmm. Hey Guys. I'm new here, so it's my first time to post here.

I Kinda got a problem, I open the windows explorer. and click the Organize button and go to the folders and search options, and click on View the Show Hidden files and Folders, then I unheck the Hide protected operating system files to see the hidden files. But, I dont see the hidden files in anywhere. and when I click back to the folder options, I see that the "Show hidden files and folders" were unticked. What's the problem? PLease Help.

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26 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
First make sure that you are doing it correctly
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
If you find that you are correct then try in a clean boot. It may be software that is causing the problem
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
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26 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I think I did it correct and, I tried the clean boot but, I know everything is fine. It's just that, one night when I scanned my laptop, It found a virus. And I removed it instantly, I just don't whether it caused that to happen becuase, it's just this time that I changed the folder options.
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26 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi, kysersoze (love that movie), welcome to the Seven Forums!

Have you unchecked "Hide protected operating system files"?


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26 Dec 2010   #5

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

A friend of mine has the same problem i.e. when he checked show hidden files, then after closing the window and re-opening it, found that the show hidden files and folders is unchecked. It was a infection in his case.
Download Malwarebytes' Antimalware if you haven't already, update it and run a full scan.
Also check the below link.
How to Enable Show Hidden Files and Folders
ps: don't download any removal tool posted there.
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26 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

malwarebytes found an infection in the registry, and I deleted it. will that cause an inoperable system??? Help T_T
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26 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

@mikedl I already tried it, but it didn't work also T_T
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26 Dec 2010   #8

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Pls post the deletion log. Open malwarebytes and go to the logs tab. Pls copy paste and not attach.
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26 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

@Ezio
I ran only the quick scan.


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
Malwarebytes

Database version: 5396

Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

12/26/2010 8:09:08 PM
mbam-log-2010-12-26 (20-09-08).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 166265
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 2 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs\blank (Trojan.StartPage) -> Value: blank -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs\Tabs (Trojan.StartPage) -> Value: Tabs -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL (Hijack.StartPage) -> Bad: (http://www.114116.info) Good: (Google) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL\ CheckedValue (PUM.Hijack.System.Hidden) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)
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26 Dec 2010   #10

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

So, my doubt was right. The registry key controlling the hidden files behaviour was hijacked. But mbam dealt with it nicely.
Are you now able to view hidden files?
I'd also advise you to run a full scan also as there were some trojans also there which usually install more malware.
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