I cannot see hidden files

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I have noticed that my computer is acting weird lately.

I wanted to see my hidden file that I put on my desk but when I apply "Show hidden files, folder and drives"  nothing appears. 

I'm quite sure that I have a hidden file on my desktop so it's really weird why I cannot see that file.

Is my computer got infected with a virus? 

Done applying this but I can't still see my hidden file. 

Best Answer by Clair Charles
Answered By 0 points N/A #129172

I cannot see hidden files


This is common problem caused by a virus which usually travels through the USB drive from one computer to another. This happens because of a hidden Autorun.inf file present in your USB which automatically installs the virus on your computer.

The only solution available to this problem is to install an anti-virus software and update it. After update scan your computer completely and repair windows.

To view and confirm this virus you can type C:Autorun.inf in your run


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Answered By 15 points N/A #129173

I cannot see hidden files


You have not mentioned the operating system that you are using,

So I will just give you the workaround for viewing hidden files in windows XP:

  1. First you will need to close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
  2. And then you will double-click on the My Computer icon.
  3. Then you will need to select the Tools menu and then click the Folder Options, followed by the view tab.
  4. Thereafter you will need to put a checkmark in the checkbox that is labeled Display the contents of system folders.
  5. You will need to locate the Hidden files and folders section, and from there you will need to select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  6. And then you will have to remove the checkmark from the checkbox that has been labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
  7. Also remove the checkmark from the checkbox which has been labeled Hide protected operating system files.
  8. Lastly you will Apply the settings and then click OK and then restart the computer.

Clair Charles

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