Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to Resolve Show Hidden Files Option:


I am hearing a lot of complains regarding a new virus attack in Windows XP which disables the Show Hidden File function,Well i dont know the exact name of this virus/trojan, but i know how to resolve this kind of issue.

First of all, you have to install Kaspersky Antivirus or any other one just to insure that your computer is now virus free.I have mentioned Kaspersky because i have mainly used the antivirus to resolve most of my virus issues.This virus basically changes the registry settings of the HIDDEN variable known as Checked value to zero.The path to this registry value is

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

DELETE the value CheckedValue in the right window. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2.)

Now create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD). Modify the value data to 1 (0x00000001).

This should let you change the "Hidden Files and Folders" option.

*Note: If you still encounter problems,one way to counter check is that you check the Show hidden files option and then apply it.If the hidden files are not shown, Go the folder options again to ensure whether the radio button is checked or not.If it returns to Dont Show Hidden folder then you most probably have viruses that are residing on your HD.Install an antivirus to overcome this problem.

Recommended Antiviruses are:
Kaspersky antivirus - Light and efficient
AVG professional antivirus - Medium CPU usage and efficent
Bit Defender Antivirus - Strongest virus definiton database.
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