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How to enable Show (Unhide) Hidden File and Folder option disabled after virus attack

Updated on February 25, 2012

Method 1

If you ever faced such problem when your computer had a virus which ultimately disabled “show hidden file and folders” option, then you don’t need to format or restore your setting. I have a trick which can enable show hidden files and folder to its original state.

There are few viruses that prevent us from viewing the hidden files and folders. If you enable “Show hidden files and folders” option from folder option it doesn’t show hidden files and reverts back to “Do not show hidden files and folders”. If you desperately try command prompt to enable hidden files then it takes long time because you cannot unhide all files at once and vice versa. To enable show hidden files option please follow simple steps.

Note: We are going to edit registry entry, so don’t experiments with this tool, only follow what is mentioned here otherwise your computer may respond strangely and I take no responsibility. I have applied this trick to 3 PCs and was successful on 3 computers which had same problem.

Here is how fix show hidden files and folders option:

  • Click on Start button
  • Click Run
  • Type “regedit” without quotes in the box and press Enter.

Run Prompt

It should open “Registry Editor”, now do following steps:

Go to the following registry key:

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL”

You will find tree type navigation on left side pane, click on the + sign on text mention on above path means first click on + sign of “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” then on “SOFTWARE” then on “Microsoft” and so on until you find values provided in below screen shot.

Registry Value Screenshot

Note: If you are a newbie then I would suggest you to back old entries before you make changes. To backup registry simply right click on “SHOWALL” name on left side then click “Export”, give a suitable name and save.

You only need to change or check two registry keys.

  1. “CheckedValue” value should be 1.
  2. “DefaultValue” value should be 2.

Don’t close “Registry Editor” now, go to folder option and try to unhide files and folders. It should work now and you can close registry editor.

Important: According to my Poll result, i can see that many people are unable to solve their problem using my method. I request them to update their anti-virus first then do a system scan. If you find any virus then remove them, and then you should apply my method. If your system contains virus and you apply this method, it won’t work. Because viruses changes this again to hidden mode.

Method 2

If above steps seems to be difficult then there is shortcut method which any one can do. Download a registry patch created by me and double click it, press “Yes” then “OK” and you are done.

 Zip file is password protected.

Password = rajkishor09

If you are unable to follow this method then please drop comments and I will try my best to solve your problem. Thank you for reading me.

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      Bakht Riaz 7 years ago

      Thanks Raj,

      I m from Pakistan,and i appreciat your skills in registry editor programing , please dear brother, if you sent me the day today registry editor keys means tweaks , so this will solve my tribulations.

      Your Brother

      Bakht Riaz Student of M.Sc Computer Science

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      Shravan 7 years ago

      i was clueless about the problem... now im relieved... thank u so much Raj Kishore....

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      Shaun 7 years ago

      i have back off software for my bar to watch my till i got a doggle for my licence key its usb but when i install the doggle to my pc i cant find the drive its like hide some were wood you think it wood be

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      Aurelio 7 years ago

      Very good tools my brother. From Brazil.

      Thanks.

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      Hasnain 7 years ago

      thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! you have solved my problem! God bless YOU!

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      stormskeep 7 years ago

      Who needs the help desk. We got computer specialist right here on hubpages!

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      Fadi 7 years ago

      Thanx a lot man

      i have tried many registry solutions and by far this was the best.

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      Ravin 7 years ago

      Thanks for this tweak. But what will one do if the registry editor has also been disabled by the virus along with task manager.. It would be so nice if you could provide the fix for these issues too, please..............

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      greyzame 7 years ago

      Thank you som uch Sir, you really helped me a lot of this problem...you're really the best....tnx for helping people likes us.....Hope you could posed also how to SOLVE this king of problem using "regedit" (services.exe is missing)

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      KMST 7 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Good info. You could copy-paste the reg file into the body as well.

      Can you give some light on the issue when "FOLDER OPTION" is missing under Tools menu of Windows explorer?

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      eugene 7 years ago

      it worked, tnx a lot

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      Hassan 7 years ago

      thamk you so much. i down loaded the registry edit patch and worked fine.

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      Adnan 7 years ago

      thanks for the tweak... it works.. thanks a lot

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      vaibhav 7 years ago

      this is the best solution i got........

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      save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Yes, It work fine with my PC as well. But I observe some risk while performing and you have to be very careful at time. But your solution for the problem is awesome.

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      Mr. Jamir 6 years ago

      Thank you, Rajkishore, for the wonderful....It works perfectly fine for my PC! You resolved my issue without me spending even a single penny!!!

      Thank you & God bless!!

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      Dipankar Bhagawati 6 years ago

      Thanx a lot.

      This has been a great problem for me. But now I know to solve. Thanx a lot.

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      faisal 6 years ago

      thnks.........it is best solution

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      Conan Hughes 6 years ago

      Nice post. I didn't bother using the Registry though in case I mess something up. I normally show hidden files through the Folder Options method.

      Anyway, I encountered a virus which hid files (and also made them system files) and disabled changing their attributes. I had to resort using the attrib command at the command prompt.

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      akhlaque 6 years ago

      thankx this is very usefull

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      Naveen 6 years ago

      Thanks very much bro' it was very useful.. it helped a lot

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      Jayakumar Pochayil 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot dear.Its very useful.

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      Dilshika 6 years ago

      Thanks brother... it wrkd perfectly.. all the best

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      melvin 6 years ago

      thanks a lot bro it is useful thanks again and god bless ^_^

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      thasli 6 years ago

      Not working for me

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      ruth 5 years ago

      WOW!!! GREAT WORK... THANK U SO MUCH

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      Pandu 5 years ago

      thans for the info bro but i couldn't resolve my problem I've a prob in which the check box for hidden option in folder properties is disabled but not able to sort out any way 2 fix it

      plz if u could hepl me

      pandudumpa@yahoo.com

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      Mohammad Ikram Ali 5 years ago

      Thank you brother Raj, i solved the problem by following 2nd method. I want to know this shortcut method will create problem for my PC sometimes or what? I am asking because in first method you have shown long method to follow and later on you have mentioned about the second method. Anyway, thanks a lot for your support.

      Mohammad Ikram Ali

      ikram123_nerist@yahoo.co.in

      md_ikram@iitg.ac.in

      Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

      Assam: India

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      vks 5 years ago

      i dont have the folder key in the advanced

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      sabya 5 years ago

      thanks bro

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      Iago18 5 years ago

      Hello,

      Firstly I would like to thank you for the time and effort you have put into this post.

      Unfortunately, I have tried both solutions and neither have worked for me. I know I have/had a virus on the computer. I also believe I have removed it. However, it appears that this virus has not affected the Registry as the values were as they should be.

      If you can offer any light on the problem, I'd be most grateful.

      Kind Regards,

      Iago

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      josh 5 years ago

      thank you sooooo effin much

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      Genry 5 years ago

      have problem on hidden folders done by a virus "win32.sality",it hides the folders and replaces it with an application that is named the same as the hidden folder, i used the command prompt to show the hidden folders but i cannot show all of the hidden folders , what should i do?

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      Harkeerat 5 years ago

      Bro, dear bro,

      what an awesome reg key.

      Thanx, u solved it in a giffy...

      Awesome.........

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      Jaune 5 years ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! RELIEF that my folders aren't gone forever! THank you!

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      Miku 5 years ago

      It did not solve my problem... tried both of the Methods, but still... i cant unhide the folders.. Please help me.. T______T

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      Marlo 5 years ago

      Hey brother, i tried the both of the methods but still i cannot unhide my folders. i just returning to do not show hidden files, folders or drive

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      king solymon hossain 5 years ago

      thank u so much brother......

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      thnag 5 years ago

      thnx man it work

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      sam 5 years ago

      Thank you very much...it really works

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      Deepak Soni 4 years ago

      thanks

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      Deepak 4 years ago

      i used you reg patch

      it work

      but somehow the options flipped

      when i select show hiddedn files it doesnot display my files

      but when i select do not show it displaysall my files

      funny strange

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      Lax 4 years ago

      my data is not changed at all.. its exactly what is should be.. 1 and 2 respectively.. but the hidden folder still cant be enabled, ehats the problem... is it due to a virus?? thanks !!

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      Bimal 3 years ago

      Thanks, the note has helped me a lot...!!

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      pokyo 3 years ago

      same here with lax can you update this pls? already done with system scan, values are correct in showhidden registry but still show hidden in folder options reverts back to hidden.. -_____-

      Please Help Sir.. Thanks.

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      abrar 3 years ago

      that was really amazing dude ,ue reg tweak woked like charm...

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      Surya 3 years ago

      Thanks brother... it wrkd perfectly.. all the best.......

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      Hex 3 years ago

      Thx man, really did helped me by showing my hidden folder.

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      MQuasar69 2 years ago

      where I see the file or folder hidden in windows with the activation key to my original product microsoft office that comes with the new computer?

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