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Remove Virus in XP that Disables “Show Hidden Files”

18 Jul

There is a certain virus that prevents XP users from viewing the hidden files.

The virus meddles with the ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option in the Folder Options and the option keeps bouncing back to ‘Do not show hidden files and folders’, despite repeated trials.

Here is how you can set this problem right:

Navigate to the windows registry:
Go to Start menu
Click Run
Type regedit in the text box and then click Enter.

When the Registry Editor opens, perform the following steps:

Go to the following registry key:

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then open Software.Under this navigate to: Microsoft -> Windows ->  Current Version -> Explorer Then go to Advanced -> Folder -> Hidden -> SHOWALL
Delete the value CheckedValue.
(Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2 or 0.)

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 enable you to select the ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option without much problem.Do drop in comments if there are further queries and we shall try to find answers.

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233 Comments

Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Help, Tricks

 

233 responses to “Remove Virus in XP that Disables “Show Hidden Files”

  1. Iris

    July 30, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Hi dude, tried what you recommended. But it still doesn’t work. If you have any other suggestions they will be welcome.

     
    • 3ammak

      December 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      clean ur computer with avast antivirus first then do the reg thing.
      cheeeers

       
  2. munchy

    July 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Check the registry setting:-

    Start>Run>Regedit>OK

    Now navigate to:-
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]

    In the right pane the CheckedValue should be 0x00000001(1) and
    DefaultValue should be 0x00000002(2).

     
    • Shashi

      June 22, 2011 at 12:44 am

      it works absolutely fine on my lappy Windows XP thnx a milion :))

       
    • Josue

      April 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Mine are already set as you said but there’s a folder name recyler and system value hidden option is disable.

       
  3. rahul

    July 31, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    thanks dude that works but only by makng the value as 1 as mentioned above by the guy munchy.

    aneways thanks a lot …

     
  4. Phoenix

    August 3, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Munchy is the one who wrote the post as well. 🙂

     
  5. Rakesh

    August 10, 2007 at 3:13 am

    hey buddy.. that tip was really useful.. i had to restore my comp everytime i happened to change my folder settings previously. thanks tou its solved

     
  6. Paban

    August 13, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks a lot, ur sugg. guided me to remove the caused error.

     
  7. Rajesh

    September 3, 2007 at 12:01 am

    My PC was infected with worm ibot.a and avpo.exe and it was opening drives in new folders.
    I manually removed the above two worms and for the hidden file problem I used your formula.

    Thank you very much…. It helps me a lot. Problem is solved.

     
  8. Burhan

    September 9, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Thanx buddy. it really worked !!

     
  9. krunalrocks

    September 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    man its not working

     
  10. munchycool

    September 11, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    @kunalrocks – try dis man.

    Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
    Go to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

     
  11. rj

    September 16, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    i’ve tried the above method it desont work.
    Start>Run>Regedit>OK

    Now navigate to:-
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]

    In the right pane the CheckedValue should be 0×00000001(1) and
    DefaultValue should be 0×00000002(2).

    after changing the checked value to 1 it automatically becomes o again after 2-3 refeshes.
    what i should do???

     
    • nix

      September 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

      hey it works! thx dude. 🙂

       
  12. amireldeen

    September 19, 2007 at 12:02 am

    thanks a lot that helped me to fix the problem

     
  13. Marnus

    September 20, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Thanx a million, the people at on Microsoft (TechNet) couldn’t even help…

     
  14. annee

    October 1, 2007 at 6:58 am

    thanks alot 🙂

     
  15. mathew

    October 15, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    thanks a lot ,its really helped me out.

     
  16. thiru mani

    October 16, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    thank you very much MUNCHY. It works perfectly now. thank you so mch.brilliant work.

     
  17. thirumani

    October 29, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    hi munchy!What is going on with my computer!?!?!? – Theres this window that keeps popping up that says
    Warning! Potential spyware operation!

    your computer is making unauthorized copies of your system and internet files. Run full scan no
    to pervent any unathorised access to your files! Click yes to download spyware remover…

     
  18. thirumani

    October 29, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    what shall i do for that .i have avg free edition. let me what i should do.if anyone knows pl tel me

     
  19. munchy

    October 29, 2007 at 1:05 pm

     
  20. thirumani

    October 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    sorry munchy i couldnt understand the process given there in that link

     
  21. munchy

    October 29, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    @thirumani

    Turn off restore points, boot, turn them back on – here’s how

    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001111912274039?OpenDocument&src=sec_doc_nam

     
  22. Phoenix

    October 30, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Hey install Superantispyware and run a scan. It’ll remove all the spyware in your system. Adaware is also a good option.

     
  23. thirumani

    October 30, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    thank you phoenix very much. some how i manage to delete the virus files now the pop-up is not coming but i couldn’t open my control panel and system properties. munchy if you are there pl suggest me

     
  24. Phoenix

    October 31, 2007 at 9:34 am

    I don’t understand… you mean the “properties” that come up when you right click on the desktop?

     
  25. thirumani

    November 18, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    hi munchy how are you .i have a new problem in my computer its says dungcoi virus. how can get rid of this thing . can pl help me.

     
  26. Phoenix

    November 19, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Thiru.. I suggest you get a good antivirus and don’t visit all kinds of sites and download all kinds of apps without proper virus scan.

     
  27. thirumani

    November 19, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    hi pho nix how are you, what about the avg anti virus ,is that fine. i didnt download anything. my system went for a hardware problem. after it came back that thing is happening. called dungcoi.can you suggest any other antivirus software if avg is not ok

     
  28. Phoenix

    November 21, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Avast is free for a while but it is really good. AVG is also good I suppose though I have not used it.

    Look at http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html

     
  29. Aleq

    January 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Th x… Finally i recover back my hidden files…
    It help me alot…
    Since i try remove avi.exe virus on my pc.. manually.. i success to reove em but it affected my hidden files permanently..
    After few day keep surfing finally i find this… Thx again

     
  30. sunil

    January 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    yo man it works which was given by munchy thanks a lot for ur work keep it up

     
  31. md.shahabuddin

    January 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    My PC is Infected of Dungcoi virus,

    so please solve me this problem

     
  32. bot

    January 26, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Hey i tried it out.. but its of no use.. it does not let me create a new CheckedValue even after deleting the original one. After refreshing the deleted CheckedValue automatically returns with the data as 2 or 0. Wat should i do?

     
  33. hatemouse

    January 27, 2008 at 7:21 am

    hello munchy………

    i tried many times but couldn’t fix the problem………. can u plz help me out…….
    its really frustating………

     
  34. hatemouse

    January 27, 2008 at 7:23 am

    problem is about hidden files……. tried the process suggested by u……. but couldn’t fix plz help me out………

     
  35. apriltan18

    January 27, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    just wanted to say thanks alot coz the prob was bugging me for quite some time.. tks!

     
  36. faizal

    February 6, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    THANKS A LOT I THOUGHT THAT I HAD TO REINSTALL MY WINDOWS TO GET MY HIDDENS FILES BACK.
    U ROCK!
    THANKS AGAIN

     
  37. meghana

    February 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    hey the very second step does not work! once i hit the enter button after typing “regedit” nothing happens!!!!!!

     
  38. Phoenix

    February 26, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Where did you type it?

     
  39. thirumani

    February 28, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    hi munchy how are u iam fine , for long time i didnt have any problem with my system. suddenly i got some virus which stored my user folder. and its not allowing me to sign in yahoo messanger and also i couldnt see hidden file. pl help me

     
  40. thirumani

    February 28, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    hi phoenix how are u .if u can also pl suggest some solution thank u

     
  41. Phoenix

    March 4, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    You can google for solutions once in a way. 🙂

     
  42. Tosk

    March 10, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Thanks! It worked perfectly

     
  43. mahesh

    March 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    thanks keep itup

     
  44. Chintho

    March 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I’ve tried the above method it desont work.
    Start>Run>Regedit>OK

    Now navigate to:-
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]

    In the right pane the CheckedValue should be 0×00000001(1) and
    DefaultValue should be 0×00000002(2).

    after changing the checked value to 1 it automatically becomes o again after 2-3 refeshes.
    what i should do???

    NEED A URGENT HELP ON THIS

     
  45. freakinc.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    munch, got this virus messing round with my hidden files… tried changing the CheckedValue to one but it automatically changes back to 0, also deleted the value and when i try to create a new dword value it tells me i cannot coz the value name already exists and then if i go out and in again into the showfiles folder, the deleted value is back again and its set to 0…. any advice on fixing this problem without re-installing windows would be appreciated…

    if you can post, email me at freak_in_a_cage9000@yahoo.com with any solutions…

    thanks in advance

     
  46. KURT

    March 15, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Hey munch,
    Ive got the same problem both freakinc and chintho has got..Ur earlier trick doesnt work..I think the worm has evolved…The most irritatin part is dat,,I cant get Rid of the worm even after I reinstalled My xp//How Crazy is dat??

     
  47. Leon

    March 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    same problem
    scaned my computer a few times already, too

     
  48. Leon

    March 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    in my case, the text was changed to “?????????”
    i got no idea why it happened but i guess your thing did the trick
    i changed the text back too

     
  49. Phoenix

    March 19, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Hi guys..thanks for all your comments. I will try and ask Munchy to come back with a solution. He is unavailable at the moment.

     
  50. Abhishek

    March 30, 2008 at 3:42 am

    A serious problem ,

    Same problem of hidden files & I tried registry tricks but dosn’t works

    THe following observation is there , whenever I try to change the dword value of CheckedVaue to 1 & after refreshing it again become 0..!

    what to do?

     
  51. Ali kanaan

    April 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    what should be download to the system until ti delete a virus which is hidden virus

     
  52. Ali kanaan

    April 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    what should be download to the system until to delete a virus which is hidden virus

     
  53. Ali kanaan

    April 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    A serious problem ,

    Same problem of hidden files & I tried registry tricks but dosn’t works

    THe following observation is there , whenever I try to change the dword value of CheckedVaue to 1 & after refreshing it again become 0..!

    what to do?

     
  54. Samarth

    April 1, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks a ton munchycool! You are GOD!

     
  55. akmal

    April 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    tq bro… it’s really works… 🙂

     
  56. usman

    April 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for solving this problem

     
  57. Manik

    April 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Hi!
    I tied these steps & yes, it did work. I was happy after this.

    Thank You.

     
  58. Aydee

    April 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    i have another problem in my show hidden option the options are gone and i think its some kind of turkish languge is there and in the regisry section the text option has this “Akan gue ingat semua”

    any one can help me if any one want i can send the image if u gie my email at aydee4u@gmail.com

    thanx

     
  59. Vikram

    April 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I tried the regedit step

    CheckedValue is TYPE Reg_DWORD VALUE 1

    The problem im facing is that the show hidden files option is unavailable in tools>folder option>view

    What can i do

     
  60. Sanjay Jha

    April 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    it is not allowing the chage the value

     
  61. Cedric

    April 26, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I have tried this about 2 months ago and it worked great. But now it keeps recreating the REG_SZ value and tells me I can’t rename/create value.

     
  62. Cedric

    April 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Sorry, I failed to add that the virus that did this places a file called limit.exe in my root directories. Replaces the following files with folders having the same name: regedit, command, cmd, edit, taskmgr, etc. Creates an autorun.inf file in each root directory which tell explorer to open/explore/find with limit.exe. It also places a file called msconfig.exe in the system32 folder. This file autoruns each time windows starts. These are the only things I was able to discover. it has really given me headache. I wish someone would make a cleaner for this worm. It infects even a flash or removable drive that is connected to the computer. Yea, I almost forgot. There is also a file called fun.xls.exe (with excel icon) in my root directory which is varified and updated every second or so. PLEASE HEEEELLLLLLPPPP. Thanks.

     
  63. MOHAN

    May 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks buddy!!!! It was a great tip

     
  64. anil

    May 13, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Same problem of hidden files & I tried registry tricks but dosn’t works

    THe following observation is there , whenever I try to change the dword value of CheckedVaue to 1 & after refreshing it again become 0..!

    what to do?

     
  65. Antoine

    May 20, 2008 at 3:33 am

    i tried doing that but when i created a new checkedvalue it said: the registry editor cannot rename new value #1. the specified value name already exists. type another name and try again.
    but the thing is that i have deleted the 1st checkedvalue. what shld i do??

     
  66. munchy

    May 24, 2008 at 10:48 am

    try dis all of you and i’ll post some more solns also..

    Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
    Go to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

     
  67. munchy

    May 24, 2008 at 10:52 am

    ok pals,

    after searching a lot on the internet i found out that there are only 3 solns to this problem

    1.

    Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
    Go to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

    Now you’re all set to go. Check it in your tools menu if the changes have taken effect.

    2.

    Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
    Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key.
    Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
    The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally. Enjoy! 🙂

    3.
    If none of the above methods work, please download our Smart Antivirus from here:
    http://technize.com/2008/01/22/smart-anti-virus/
    Using this antivirus, please restore your Windows settings and your show hidden files and folders will be set to default.

     
  68. muhao

    June 26, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    HI.. I’VE got the same problem.. i think the virus that causes this is kgt8bl.cmd this is what i’ve been seeing in my antivirus when it scans my pc.. but it doesn’t detect it as a virus.. it also has a 1p1f1x.com in it and an autorun.inf …. what should i do with this.. a lot of antiviruses doesn’t recognize this.. what should be done??

     
  69. zigzagler

    July 22, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Thanks munchy! You saved my day!

     
  70. Ramninsteyn

    July 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  71. mode

    July 29, 2008 at 1:51 am

    hello every one first thing first. get a damn good antivirus softie and do a in-depth scan/analysis of your pc first. Thn try these registry tricks or else it wont work. The virus would keep editing the registry if you dont remove it!! and thankx munchy!

     
  72. barada

    August 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    thank u so much.i got my answer from this site. i wanna to know all about operating system and system registry files.

     
  73. amr

    August 24, 2008 at 12:52 am

    when I make new value of CheckedValue my computer says the file already exists even after removing the old CheckedValue file

     
  74. chill

    August 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    thanks a trillion

     
  75. Nad

    September 2, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I did as u suggested but in vain….i m facing the same problem….whenever i try to creat a dword file with the name of “CheckedValue” its shows that another file with this name already exists…..and computer itslef creates the file named “CheckedValue” with the value data to 0….whenever i try to change it to 1….its bounces back to 0 and thus my hidden files are not being opened yet……please help!!!!

     
  76. suicidalsam

    September 25, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    wow, thanx for the registry modification. I got this virus when I inserted a mem card and even the kasperski antivirus coudn’t detect or remove it. Thanx to you, I am able to show hidden files. I had a lot of important files in one of my hidden folder 😛

    can u tell me the name of this virus and why the antivirus program wasn’t able to detect it?

     
  77. Shree

    October 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    hii..thanks..it worked

     
  78. Shree

    October 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    how to speed up my system(xp)

     
  79. karas546

    October 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    thanks a lot dude!
    it’s working, hehe..
    after i clean my system from viruses and deleted all the autorun.inf, the system back to usual..

     
  80. Jeepika

    November 9, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Same problem, and after refreshing the value 1 becomes 0 again!!!

     
  81. Pungie

    November 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Worked for me. Thank you very much! 🙂

     
  82. ehsan

    December 1, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    use this soft it worked for me
    be sure
    http://www.technize.com/2008/01/22/smart-anti-virus/

     
  83. Sal

    December 3, 2008 at 4:57 am

    The fix worked but now it wont remember my view settings 😦

     
  84. Tiger

    December 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    hey, can anyone help me , dealing with the virus abk.bat(kamsoft.exe process) ???

     
  85. rahul

    December 15, 2008 at 9:37 am

    thanks.. dude it worked for me…

     
  86. Makis

    December 18, 2008 at 1:17 am

    after searching a lot on the internet i found out that there are only 3 solns to this problem

    1.

    Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
    Go to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

    Now you’re all set to go. Check it in your tools menu if the changes have taken effect.
    ——————————————————————-
    Hey, i did a stupid thing and deleted the value “Hidden”, can anyone tell me tha values in order to create a new value?
    Thanx a lot 😀

     
  87. Tortuka

    December 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GUYS it works…….in addition to this….also do this following method….

    # Double-click on the My Computer icon.
    # Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
    # After the new window appears select the View tab.
    # Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
    # Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
    # Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
    # Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.

    it will surely solve your problem, and do clean your computer from viruses (its the beginning to solve the problem ) !!!

     
  88. mohamed

    December 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    thx very much

     
  89. dhivya

    December 29, 2008 at 8:23 am

    thnx a lot dude….
    finally aft tryin n no.of antiviruses ur soln solved my prob of hidden files opt….
    thnx again…

     
  90. omaR

    December 31, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks a lot, it works:)

     
  91. Arabi

    January 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks a lot for help me

     
  92. kamal

    January 9, 2009 at 1:35 am

    my computer is affected with tmpc.exe. ie opens automatically due to. may anyone help?

     
  93. kamal

    January 9, 2009 at 4:02 am

    actually internet explorer pop up automatically due to it.

     
  94. Manpreet

    January 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    thank you dear… this really helped me
    Love you !!! 🙂

     
  95. Sukkara

    January 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Please informe whitch way is better for Hidden File:
    this way:

    Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
    Go to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
    Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    or :

    # Double-click on the My Computer icon.
    # Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
    # After the new window appears select the View tab.
    # Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
    # Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
    # Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
    # Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.

    I am waiting for your response.

    Regards,

     
  96. viko

    January 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks a lot… I’ve been confuse with my pc before… Lucky for me can read ur page… Thanks again…

     
  97. dijen

    January 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    thanks mand !!

    This has helped me.

     
  98. Maximus

    February 2, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Thanks Brother!!! You ROck

     
  99. Jamesp

    February 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

    AWEsome..very reliable!

     
  100. Muslianto

    February 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks a lot, it’s really work for me.
    I can show all my hidden file back.

     
  101. yunus shehu

    February 10, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    i tried to create a new d_word with d name ‘checkedvalue’,but it says that the name is existing.please bail me out.i need my hidden folders urgently.

     
  102. muslianto

    February 11, 2009 at 7:12 am

    For Yunus shehu, i think, you better delete the old “checked value” before you create it.

     
  103. yunus shehu

    February 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    i succeded in creating the new checked value, but the problem persist.
    These are the value i had in my registry editor.
    Default
    Checkedvalue
    Defaultvalue
    helpID
    HelpRoot
    RegPath
    Text
    Type
    i had all these neatly arranged in my editor.please take a careful look and point out which of the value is not required so i can delete it.
    thanks
    my regard.

     
  104. Durlanac

    February 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    The registry trick worked for me too,i have done this before.i had a problem like many off you with renaming the value as it comes back again.that means that u still got some kind of spyware or virus like trojan backdoor on your computer running in background.first u must turn it off from a start up: go to run and type msconfig than ok.go to start up and uncheck all suspicious items like system32/olhrwef.exe cause they r probably a viruses.when done press ok and restart pc.and then u can do this trick with registry and it will work 100% but that doesn’t mean that you’ve got rid of the virus so my advice is that u get spyware doctor and remove it or a good antivirus to delete it.
    Cheers

     
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  105. yuri

    February 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    WOW!! it worked for me!! thanks!!

    at first i don’t know how do the “1(.00000001)” thing.. but after so many trials i came to an output that worked for my hidden files!!

    thanks a lot!!

    A BIG HELP FOR ME!!

     
  106. Reiki

    February 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks a lot!!
    you really helps me ^__^

     
  107. Eric

    February 22, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    i done what was asked to do but !!!! no resultt !! the black point that has to indicates if show hidden files or don’t show hidden files has disappeared !
    i dunno what to do !

     
  108. Eric

    February 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    and the virus is still there disabling it again…

     
  109. Devendra Gupta

    February 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hello friends
    I have been sufering from the same problem from last 1 week, the problem was of hidden files, i have done all the things but the problem of checked value automatically coming to zero persists untill i did this:
    1) i downloaded “mata_virus_amvo_usb.zip”: when i run this the problem get solved, basically it removes 2fiy.bat and abk.bat, but when i restarted my computer the problem reoccurs————–got frustrated, then i did this

    2) i rerun “mata_virus_amvo_usb.zip” so that i can view hidden files
    3) i downloaded “removeitpro_trial.exe”: i run this but since it is a trial version i
    could only view the infected files and there locations but cannot fix it
    4) i noted down all the infected files and there locations
    5) Than i manually removed them one by one.
    6) restarted my computer and the problem was gone
    7) Don’t know will this be sucessfull forever. i think it will be

    TRY my frinds and get rid of theses viruses

     
  110. ben

    March 4, 2009 at 8:33 am

    thx munchy,it works!!!

     
  111. jahan zaib

    March 7, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Thanks a lot its working 100 %

     
  112. JayOnNet

    March 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    It worked perfectly …. a Big T H A N K Y O U.

     
  113. raghu

    March 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    thanx buddy very much..
    but i too have one more problem….
    my pc shows “your computer will shutdown in 45 minutes ….”
    & is only cancelled by typing “shutdown -a” at the run program….
    plz help me out….
    & thanx again.

     
  114. Nipun

    March 15, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I tried your way to show hidden files and folders but what has happened here is when i go to tools->folder options->view .. the option to show hidden files and folders has disappeared !! only the option to not to show hidden files and folders is there . What to do !?!

     
  115. surya

    March 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    thx very much this post very important

     
  116. karthik

    March 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Hai my pc toolbar option in no folder option key so virus afected on hidenfiles so how can clear this solved prolem ..

     
  117. oslons

    March 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Munchy

    Thanx. It worked well enough to get two Trojan worms deleted form the system. I still have one hidden file that is being picked up by F Secure in the C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Local Settings\temp\hkdl___.dll but not displayed when hidden files is selected. Can you assist?

     
  118. art69pl

    March 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks it is working !

     
  119. Rishish

    April 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    hi..
    thanks dear it works..
    thanks a lot

     
  120. Zorza

    April 9, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Thanks! It worked perfectly

     
  121. Karan

    April 9, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Hey Munchy, How are You. Well.. It has not help me.
    i’ve tried the above method it desont work.

    Start>Run>Regedit>OK

    Now navigate to:-
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]

    In the right pane the CheckedValue should be 0×00000001(1) and
    DefaultValue should be 0×00000002(2).

    after changing the checked value to 1 it automatically becomes o again after 2-3 refeshes.
    what i should do???

    I would be highly obliged if u help me and i can judge u r a good high profile software engineer too!!

    U could help me by passing ur comment on my e-mail address. THANX!!!!

    With Regards.

     
  122. Karan

    April 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

    THANX A LOT!!!! Durlanac!!!!
    It really worked.
    CHEERS FOR DURLANC!!!!

     
    • Jasim

      August 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm

      can u tell me what soloution did durlanc gave u further?

       
  123. salos

    April 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    THANKS i really do thank you.

     
  124. CHaks

    April 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    the trouble shooting pocess for the virus that hides hidden files is vry gud…
    i want to know trouble shooting process that “DO NOT allow to RENAME files”…

     
  125. asdasdas

    April 20, 2009 at 12:32 am

    thanks it worked out

     
  126. durvesh

    April 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    thanks alot dude……..!!!!!!!!
    it works….bigtime..!!

     
  127. Goen

    May 4, 2009 at 4:45 am

    thx dude, it works!

     
  128. Thushara Ratnayake

    May 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Hey , thanks a lot . its relay worked for me ..

    Thanks a lot

     
  129. nadeem koudsi

    May 8, 2009 at 2:44 am

    thank you very much man
    i love youuuuuu

     
  130. apache

    May 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Great ! Works just fine,thanks

     
  131. usman gul

    May 27, 2009 at 12:37 am

    my pc was infected with hidden files virus.no antivirus was able to catch it. but your method did it for me. thanks a lot buddy

     
  132. Laurence

    June 1, 2009 at 8:53 am

    woah!
    is that all>
    thanks man!it worked!

     
  133. Tam

    June 17, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Hey, I have this virus in my PC, i cant’ show hidden files, cant access drives by double clicking, and recently when i play a song or movie there is no sound.

    PLZ PLZ HELP any body

     
  134. Tam

    June 17, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I forgot to mention that I’ve tried the methods that u mentioned but none of them worked, help again.

     
  135. Anas

    June 21, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    hey i tried it but a pop up appears showing the following message
    “resistry editor has been disabled by the administrator”

    wat should i do???

     
  136. Anas

    June 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    hey i tried it but a pop up appears showing the following message
    “resistry editor has been disabled by the administrator”

    wat should i do???

     
  137. chintan

    July 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    thanks dude …it solved my problem.

     
  138. indra

    July 24, 2009 at 12:27 am

    thanks man….

     
  139. Ragib

    July 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    You helped me a lot… Thanks

     
  140. amit saini

    August 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks bro……………. It worked. I appreciate you for your help……. gud work

     
  141. Codo

    August 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Thanks a lot.. It’s working very well.

     
  142. MANOJ

    August 5, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I HAVE ALREADY USE THIS FOR REMOVE VIRUS BUT NOTHING WORKS REGISTRY ENTRY CANNOT BE MODIFIED TELL ME WHAT TO DO NOW

     
  143. deeriknow4

    August 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Hello, I’m really in a fix here. We use our computer to keep a breathing machine going. The other day a pop up came to say there are 5 viruses in C drive, and 7 in D drive. We are fearful that something will happen at night and crash the computer because of the hidden viruses. If any one can type out clear instructions in steps, all our prayers will be with you…thanks ahead of time….ceja

     
  144. Marc Fernandez

    August 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    This works great! Perfect I should say! Thanks.. =)

     
  145. Souvik Banerjee

    September 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks yaar!!! After several tries with variou antiviruses, you process just worked fine. Love You… 🙂

     
  146. Soon

    September 20, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Thanks man! It helps alot!

     
  147. Kamran_Pakistan

    September 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Thanks buddy this worked,however the type was already “REG_DWORD” for the CheckedValue but the value was wrong which I had to correct.
    Thanks bundles!!

     
  148. ali

    September 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    he dudde howz u…???ma pc show the option of hidden files bt when i click for show hidden file n then apply it.it doesn`t show me the hidden file.dude wht can i do
    plzzzz help me

     
  149. G

    October 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    THIS WORKED WELL… thanks a lot.

     
  150. chasum

    October 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

    my hero i need some help pls…i got a problem on my pc the control panel is made unavailable.i cant hear sound also and there’s a lot of popups which i dont know why. i install an anti virus but its of no use.pls help me how to fix it…..

     
  151. Khaled, Egypt

    October 18, 2009 at 2:38 am

    it works, the problem is over, many thanks buddy

     
  152. merrrrr

    October 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    wat about d virus? is it still in the pc? i mean, if you put a mobile disk in ur pc then inserting it on another pc, is the virus gonna infect the other pc?

     
  153. ukiya

    October 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    thanks a bunch, it works fine

     
  154. joker400

    October 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    thank you it works for me

     
  155. Cimi

    October 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks,

    The metod of showing hidden files and folders, according to your explain has functioned very well.

    Thank you very much….

     
  156. Julien

    November 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    thanks a lot buddy! works like a charm!

     
  157. letsjump

    November 4, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Great! It works perfectly after a HERSS.EXE infection (and remotion)

     
  158. ayman

    November 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot

     
  159. Abdullah

    December 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hi,
    Great work. It really worked for me. Thanks to all for the help.

     
  160. Cheiv

    December 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Thank’s a lot man!!!
    Now It’s OK
    Regards!!!

     
  161. gavi

    December 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    thanks dude this is realy worked process. thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssss dude

     
  162. Maina

    December 17, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Thannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnksssss so much. It worked and can view my outlook pst.

     
  163. mre3565

    January 5, 2010 at 4:41 am

    when i am trying to create new ”checkedvalue” it says a file name already exit and a ”checkedvalue” appears. and it doesn’t work! ?
    Thanks

     
  164. Iori

    January 26, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Great man it work, Actually I knw this hack I just forgot some line between them missing some thing u found me the right thnks a lot 😛

     
  165. Amin

    February 9, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Thx A looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!!! you’re my hero!!1

     
  166. Mostafa

    February 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    thx bro it’s working

     
  167. Claria

    February 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks 🙂 it worked

     
  168. arash

    April 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    thanks
    thanks
    thanks
    you are very good

     
  169. Handren

    April 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Thank you for you’re advice good job
    best regard

     
  170. ace

    May 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    hey munchy in the process mine doesnt show CheckedValue REG_SZ but there is a CheckedValue but not REG_SZ

     
  171. shaji

    May 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Thank you very much Munchy,it works……………….

     
  172. Alex Andreeva

    May 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hi. Thank you sooooooooo very much!!!!!
    I tought that I’ll never see my work again, but there it is…. All the files are strangley blurred, but I do have them.
    Once again thank you very much!!!!!

     
  173. Himanshu

    June 2, 2010 at 2:51 am

    grt solution man…!!!

    u seem 2 be a grt expert…!!!

    thnx ,,,…!!!

     
  174. Ahmed

    June 23, 2010 at 7:07 am

    thanks a lot ,its really helped me out

     
  175. Hitogiri

    July 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I’ve tried that but my old hidden folder still didin’t show.

    but i saw one new folder named “MSOCahce”

    Why?????

    What should i do??

    help me plzzzzzzz!!!

    TQ

     
  176. shiela

    July 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    whew! thanks for this very genius solution. our it guy wasn’t able to solve this problem. thanks to you

     
  177. sam

    July 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    What is Abk.bat?

    Abk.bat is a virus

    Step 1:

    Remove Abk.bat virus from computer.

    1). Goto start > run > regedit

    Delete this entry-:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run kamsoft

    Step 2: Reboot to another os preferably linux or to same system

    Delete all autorun.inf files made by the abk.bat infection

    Delete all abk.bats from all drives.

    Step 3:

    We cannot see the file unless we make all hidden files unhidden.
    To enable the folder options >view>show hidden files and folders radiobutton

    Goto HKlocal machine > software > microsoft > windows > current version > explorer > advanced > folder >hidden> showall > click on checkedvalue and make its value 1

    Then untick the hide protected os files in folderoptions >view
    Now the abk.bat files will be visible delete all of then including autorun.inf

    Now Restart your computer and you are done

    To visit more best manual virus removal for ABK.BAT virus visit
    http://www.virushunt.com/a/abk.bat-virus-removal.html

     
  178. Henk

    July 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    it worked, thanks a lot!

     
  179. dan

    August 15, 2010 at 4:43 am

    thanks a bunch, man. worked like a charm!

     
  180. GUL KHAN

    August 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

    thanks a bundal, i shall try it

     
  181. Princess

    September 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    hello.. tnx a lot.
    i was able to open my hidden file,,
    uhm can i ask why i cant change the type of folder, from hidden to archive instead, so that it won’t be a hidden file again…

     
  182. Alex

    September 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks a lot, it works on my pc.

     
  183. jmjm

    October 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    i scanned my flash drive, and after that my files were lost. How could I recover my files??

     
  184. shan

    October 17, 2010 at 12:56 am

    thx bro…

     
  185. vijay

    October 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Thanks brother its really work..thanks a lot dear

     
  186. geek

    October 21, 2010 at 4:24 am

    you be too gooooooooooooooooooood thanks very much

     
  187. MBS

    December 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    thanks it works

     
  188. jake

    December 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    thanks!!

     
  189. rafael

    December 24, 2010 at 2:38 am

    thanks it work but does that mean i still have a virus\

     
  190. nguyen cong uan

    January 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

     
  191. Afnan Ahmad

    January 26, 2011 at 1:43 am

    thnx.. I really help me fix the prob…. :))

     
  192. arun

    March 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    That worked thanks dude…

     
  193. Amit Chavda

    March 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks a lot. its working.

     
  194. raheel

    March 29, 2011 at 2:34 am

    thx u so much

     
  195. mahd

    April 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    yes it works perfectly

     
  196. Lewis

    April 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Thank You mate!! Works great! one more question: this thing is temporary? i mean this will remain clean?

     
  197. weeix

    April 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Thx a lot 🙂

     
  198. kareem

    May 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    thanks dude

     
  199. cuike

    May 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    NOT WORKING 😦

     
  200. Sohail

    May 22, 2011 at 9:08 am

    thanx buddy….. it worked for me. my PC is now showing the hidden files and folders…… really wonderful trick……

     
  201. arslan

    June 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks alot

     
  202. Sana

    June 27, 2011 at 12:10 am

    WOW !!!!
    GOD BLESS YA

     
  203. titch

    June 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hi – all my reg entries are correct like they r supposed to be [1] & [2] but still hidden – I have checked show hidden sys files and all are visible but still super hidden – operating programs dont work anymore without reinstall – can you help? – titch

     
  204. tracy anders

    July 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Here’s what I did…….
    I had the same problems…..some programs were even getting runtime errors because they could’t see all the files…….
    My example…….Corel psp had runtime errors and this fixed it
    I went to program files opened corel, selected all files (highlighted), right clicked on one and went to properties and unchecked hidden………it unchecked every file in Corel
    now i can see everything and no more runtime errors
    Done the same with alot of folders that had jpeg’s, tga’s, psp and psd files in them it worked for all

     
    • titch

      July 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Titch here – still no go as yet with a solution to fix this

       
  205. Larry

    July 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thank you so much! It worked for me. All the bookmarks I had are still missing but I could care less about that. Even the missing files didn’t really bother me that much, it was just they’re still taking up memory, and you can’t get rid of them. Thanks again for the help!

     
  206. aslan

    July 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much! it worked for me.

     
  207. Vijyant Jain

    July 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Its awesum, gr8, wasy 2 understand!!!!!!!!!
    thnk u v much!!!!!!
    🙂 😛 😀

     
  208. jim brewer

    January 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    anyone know how to fix for windows7 32bit

     
  209. fieya

    February 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    IT REALLY WORKS… oNLY CHANGE THE VALUE…’ IT SUPPOSE TO BE LIKE THIS’——> CheckedValue DWORD data (0×00000001)1

     
  210. Arslan

    June 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    thank you for solving my problem

     
  211. manoj

    September 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    wwwwww

     
  212. Nilesh

    September 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Ur genius man

     
  213. joshyap

    May 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve done all these on work computer, but it’s still revert back to the original hidden option under folder options!!! >__<

    In registry there is the
    (Default) REG_SZ 1
    right at the top…
    I've got both CheckedValue and DefaultValue set to 1 and 2 REG_DWORD

    HELP!!!

     
  214. Ian Cruz

    July 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    oooh thanks man u helped me alot 😀 credits to munchy

     
  215. rpetre

    August 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks a lot It works 🙂

     
  216. Rhodopsin

    August 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thank you! What worked for me was deleting CheckedValue (even though it was already REG_DWORD), and adding a new one.

     
  217. Keira Leia Mitzutani

    August 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    whenever i open a folder, it will disappear and reopen again.. then when i want to upload pics from other folders, it doesnt work…

     
  218. batcher

    November 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    i want to disable the option Show hidden files as i already know the steps just put the value to 0. if i put the value 1, it’s okay to enable the option of “show hidden…”, but now i want is, i want to disable that option by putting the value to 0. But it always reverts to 1 as normal, tried so many many time, just it reverting to 1. Please help me i want to hide my privacy files by disbaling the option of “show hidden…”. I checked with anti virus and spybot, earlier it worked by long time, now it’s not wrking to disable the option of “show hidden”
    Please help me asap…

     
  219. a

    November 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    worked Good
    Worked Goog

     
  220. akshay

    March 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Pls help did what you said but it deleted the option show hidden files and folders in oorganize menu mine is windows 7 pls help

     
  221. Sriraam

    April 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

    awesome … it was immense help ! … 🙂 thank you

     
  222. asad

    May 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    where is the ‘show hiden file and flder’ option ? I’ve Done all the precedure which is shown above but not fndng ‘show hiden file and flder’ the option

     

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