Saturday, January 22, 2011

Unhide Folders Hidden By a Virus

Problem:  a virus reached your flash drive (maybe even your entire computer) and hid all you folders.  You may even see that your folders have been replaced by a shortcut icon (one with a black arrow in the lower corner).  After removing the virus, the folders can't be unhidden and the property check boxes do not respond.

Solution:  Use a command prompt to change the attributes.

1)  Open the command prompt by going to Start > Run and typing "cmd".  A black screen will open.

2)  Type attrib -s -h /S /D x:\

NOTE:  x:\ should be the drive indicating your flash drive that has the hidden folders.

Open the flash drive again and your folders should now be visible again.