How to Show System and Hidden Files Tutorial

How to Show System and Hidden Files
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How to show system & hidden files:

In order to protect system files from being seen, deleted or modified by the user, Windows hides them.  This is a good feature of Windows as the user is not being bothered by all those files that are required for the system to run properly. Although, many infections, like viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, browser hijackers and so on, will use this feature to hide themselves from the sight of the user. Thus, making it difficult to be found and removed.

In this tutorial you will learn how to show all hidden and protected system files.  By doing this, you will be able to find, remove, replace or just move hidden files in order to resolve a certain problem.

 

How to show hidden files in Windows XP

Follow the instructions below:

1. Double-click on the My Computer icon or Windows Explorer.

2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options.

3. On the new window that will show-up, click on the View tab.

4. Check/mark the checkbox “Display the contents of system folders”.

5. Under “Hidden files and folders” section, select the radio button “Show hidden files and folders”.

6. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide file extensions for known file types”.

7. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide protected operating system files”.

8. Hit “Apply” button and then “OK” button.

 

How to show hidden files in Windows Vista

Follow the instructions below:

1. Click on the Start button (lower left corner).

2. Click on “Control Panel” menu option (on the right).

3. When the control panel opens up you can be in “Classic View” or “Control Panel Home View”:

*If you are using the Classic View:

1. Double-click “Folder Options” icon.

2. Click on the View tab.

3. Proceed with step 4.

 

*If you are in the Control Panel Home view:

1. Click “Appearance and Personalization link”.

2. Click “Show Hidden Files or Folders”.

3. Proceed with step 4.

 

4. Under “Hidden files and folders” section, select the radio button “Show hidden files and folders”.

5. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide extensions for known file types”.

6. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide protected operating system files”.

7. Hit “Apply” button and then “OK” button.

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How to show hidden files in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Follow the instructions below:

1. Click on the Start button (lower left corner).

2. Click on “Control Panel” menu option (on the right).

3. When the control panel opens up, click on “Appearance and Personalization link”.

4. Under “Folder Options” category, click on “Show Hidden Files or Folders”.

5. Under “Hidden files and folders” section, select the radio button “Show hidden files, folders, or drives”.

6. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide extensions for known file types”.

7. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide protected operating system files”.

8. Hit “Apply” button and then “OK” button.

 

How to show hidden files in Windows 8

Follow the instructions below:

1. From the Windows 8 Start Screen, click on “Control Panel App”.

2. When “Control Panel” opens up, scroll down and click on “More Settings” option.

3. The Windows 8 “Control Panel” will now open. Click on “Appearance and Personalization link”.

4. Under “Folder Options” category, click on “Show Hidden Files or Folders”.

5. Under the “Hidden files and folders” section, select the radio button “Show hidden files, folders, or drives”.

6. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide extensions for known file types”.

7. Uncheck/unmark the checkbox “Hide protected operating system files”.

8. Hit “Apply” button and then “OK” button

 

After enabling the “hidden files” on your computer, you should be able to locate the malware infections that were hidden before, and be able to remove them successfully.

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