Not able to show hidden files and folders


Sometimes a virus or some malicious script makes the hidden files and folders not visible even when it is explicitly enabled.

In this case even if the user enables the Show hidden files and folders in

Tools > Folder options > View menu, Hidden files and folder does not become visible.

Lets see how to fix it.


First and foremost is the point that the user has enabled the Show hidden files and folder

1. Go to Tools > Folder options. This will show a folder options menu.

2. Go to View tab and select the option “Show hidden files and folder

The hidden files and folders are displayed by this method normally. But in case some virus or script is preventing the hidden files and folders from being visible, follow the below steps:

1. Go to your Start > Run, type regedit and press enter. This will open registry editor.

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folde r\Hidden\SHOWALL

Updated on 9th FEB 2008:


DELETE the value CheckedValue in the right window if it already there and type is REG_SZ

Now create a new DWORD value again with the same name CheckedValue.

3. Double click the value called CheckedValue, and modify its data value (DWORD Value) to 1 (0×00000001) . Close registry editor after this.

Updated on 9th FEB 2008:

If still folder options is reverted back to don’t show hidden files and folders then it could be due to some virus still in action.

Navigate to the following path:


In the NOHIDDEN folder, select CheckedValue and set the value to 1

4. Go to Tools > Folder options. This will show a folder options menu.

5. Go to View tab and select the option “Show hidden files and folder

The above fix to the trouble came from one of our readers Chris under a virus post comment.

Thanks Chris.

Note: If above solution does not work for you, make sure to make your system completely virus free by updating your anti-virus and running a complete scan. You can do a free scan using Kaspersky Virus Removal tool here.

156 responses to “Not able to show hidden files and folders”

  1. hi…

    my pc is infected with viruses. I use norton 2006 s/w with recent updates. Still it won’t detect any viruses… The problems i experience are:
    *not showing hidden files and folders
    *opening of drives in separate window

    I tried to fix these problems using methods provided in, but of no use. Plz someone can help me in fixing these problems. I’ll be very greatful… Plz…

  2. @Kundan

    It seems that your computer is infected by amvo.exe virus, you can see this post for removal details.Also update your anti-virus definitions and run a full system scan, it may fix up the problem.

    See the links below, it may help:


  3. hii abhi,
    even i am facing a similar pblm like i canot view hidden files and folders…
    if i select the option to view hidden files and folders and close the option it automatically returns back to show hidden files n folders….i tried modifying the value to “1” on registry settings….but it cannot help me.

    if i type the folder name on explorer i can view the folder..i mean if “new folder” is a hidden file on “d” drive…i can open it by typing d:\new folder on explorer bar….
    wat can be done??

  4. @larith and @kundan — please refer to the updated procedure above. if still the problem persist your system may be infected by a virus..

    so you need to update your anti-virus and run a complete scan

  5. It worked for me too…! Great work everybody behind it, Dont just change the value, it better you delete it and create it as it sayed it.

  6. hi abhishek,

    thanks a lot friend, ur trick really helped me a lot.i am very glad to you.without ur help it is not possible for me to remove this type of virus.THANKS A LOT.

  7. Thanks a lot for the tips guys. They seem to have worked okay for me. U’ve saved me a lot of hassle. Thanks again.

  8. I have removed a virus from my computer, and it seems that the script of the virus has infected my WINDOWS files.

    Could someone help me with this virus on how to remove it? i have an anti-virus “kaspersky” but it doesn’t detect the virus. it cannot display all the hidden files even if I’ve set the folder options mode to “Show all hidden filse and folders”. it will reset back to “Do not show all hidden filse and folders”

  9. I tryed of changing the reg value, and tryed rovman virus remover, spybot,ect. . . But i can’t find the solution for hidden folder problem & drives’ are opening in new window

  10. I have tried in the following way i just installed Windows XP by fromatting the current window location but still problem remain it does not show any hidden file or windows system file. I tried with symantec NAV 8.6 with new update but still the problem remain. Finally i install windows 2000 professional and install NAV8.6 to remove the virus it cannot compile the in “local setting” please any body give me solution i think symantec is sucks…

  11. hi…
    what exactly needed is a good antivirus which wil be able to detect and resolve the problem of “show hidden files” could you please suggest a good one..!! plzz

  12. hi

    i had tried all the options what you had suggested in the above passages, then also i am not able to view my hidden files. please can you help me out

  13. OMG! Thank you so much guys! Followed the first suggestion and it worked… (i was sweating bullets going into the registry though, hate that place… XD).

    I think i aquired a virus on my system, and i cleaned it all off…. Wat the virus seemed to do was to create an “autorun.inf” file on all my drives, and once i accessed them it would run. After scanning my pc with AVG (…. yes i use AVG…dont laugh >.<..) it got rid off the viruses… but i still couldnt access me hard drives normally.
    I went in to safe mode, use cmd prompt and i veiwed the hidden “autorun.inf” on each drive and forced deleted them (type “help” and u’ll see how)… and after restarting i could access my drive normally…. now for my flash drive XP

  14. hi..
    i have ther same hidden files problem but whats worse is that i can’t run REGEDIT from RUN as the message “your access has been restricted by the administrator” comes.
    i tried from system 32 as wwell but with same results. i am the administrator for my computer with all rights and privilages. still i cant do anything… please help me out

  15. I removed a trojan virus from my computer by kaspersky recently. After that many of my folders have become hidden. When I check show hidden Files and Folders and also I check show protected operating system files I become able to see all hidden folders!!!! How to fix this?

  16. @ ez

    If you don’t wish to see the operating system files like System Volume Information , Recycled, etc.. then simply check the option to “Hide protected operating system files”.

  17. hi it worked for me. Below r d steps I followed.
    boot windows on “safemode”.
    Go to CMD prompt n del autorun, amvo*.dll n from all drives.n reboot in normal mode
    go to MSCONFIG, then to startup n uncheck amvo.exe
    now go to REGEDIT, then hkey local m/c – s/w – microsoft – windows – explorer – advanced – folder- showall.
    Now delete d “CheckedValue” n recreate it dword type with value as 1.
    that’s it 🙂

  18. Hi buddy,

    Sometimes back I have got a strange problem in my networked computers. Of course, there are all sorts of virus in my computers ranging from New Folder.exe to Amvo.Exe and so on. But this time unusual one is happening with my computer.

    Whenever I create Folders by using File *** New *** Folder command. The folder property automatically changes to Application having .exe extension, whenever I hover the mouse over it.

    All my photos and documents which are under it becomes unusable since I cannot see the particular folder in Adobe photoshop and others. It has got an icon exactly like the normal folder. Incase of New folder.exe, I know the icons are similar but still we can see the difference.

    I kill the process named services.exe running under C:\documents & settings……. and the problem seems to go away.

    Any further solution will be greatly appreciated. Thanks….

  19. fix to amvo.exe and disabled taskmanager

    the problem is due to a worm .
    open a new text document and paste the following
    then rename the file as file.bat (the extension should be .bat)(make sure that tool>folder options>view>hide extentions for known file types is unchecked)
    then execute that file after that
    in no time restart your computer


    cd windows
    cd system32
    attrib amv*.* -a -r -s -h
    del amv*.*
    del amvo.exe

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*


    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    attrib ntde1*.* -a -r -s -h
    attrib h.cmd -a -r -s -h
    attrib autorun.inf -a -r -s -h
    del h.cmd
    del autorun.inf
    del ntde1*.*

    after restarting follow the steps to solve your ]problems of viewing the hidden files created by the same virus

    click on start menu and choose run . type regedit
    then follow this

    # In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows> CurrentVersion>Explorer>Advanced
    # In the right panel, locate the entry:
    Hidden = “2″
    # Right-click on the value name and choose Modify. Change the value data of this entry to:
    # In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows> CurrentVersion>Explorer>Advanced
    # In the right panel, locate the entry:
    ShowSuperHidden = “0″
    # Right-click on the value name and choose Modify. Change the value data of this entry to:
    # In the left panel, double-click the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows> CurrentVersion>Explorer>Advanced>Folder>Hidden>SHOWALL
    # In the right panel, locate the entry:
    CheckedValue = “0″
    # Right-click on the value name and choose Modify. Change the value data of this entry to:
    # Close Registry Editor.

    disabled taskmanager &regedit

    you would need tune up utilities to fix this problem
    open process manager.
    end process ssvchosst.exe
    go to start up manager and disable entry named yahoo messenger .
    right click on it and click properties .copy path of virus .
    open tune up shredder and paste the path.
    delete the file.
    open registry editor
    # double-click the following:
    Windows NT>CurrentVersion>Winlogon
    # In the right panel, locate the entry:
    Shell = “Explorer.exe SSVICHOSST.exe”
    # Right-click on the value name and choose Modify.
    # Change the value data of this entry to:
    1. Still in Registry Editor, in the left panel, double-click the following:
    2. In the right panel, locate and delete the entries:
    DisableTaskMgr = “1″
    DisableRegistryTools = “1″
    3. In the left panel, double-click the following:
    4. In the right panel, locate and delete the entry:
    NofolderOptions = “1″
    5. In the left panel, double-click the following:
    6. In the right panel, locate the entry:
    AtTaskMaxHours = “0″
    7. Right-click on the value name and choose Modify.
    8. Change the value data of this entry to:
    9. Close Registry Editor.

  20. I have tried all d above tricks but its not working……again checked value sets to 0 and again autorun.inf comes back when i type d command atrrib autorun.inf…plz hell me

  21. Worked for me just a littile change in case the parameter

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folde r\Hidden\SHOWALL setting it to 1 dont work for you then

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folde r\Hidden\NOHIDDEN change checked value =1

  22. hello dost

    i am trying HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folde r\Hidden\NOHIDDEN change checked value =1 this method but i am not able to change checked value so how can i do plz help me

  23. Did the task of setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\NOHIDDEN CheckedValue set to 1, and I had a very strange reaction: the effects of “Do not show Hidden Files” and “Show Hidden Files” in the Folder Options BECAME REVERSED, so now, selecting “Do not show Hidden Files” WILL SHOW the Hidden Files, and selecting “Show Hidden Files” will hide them. Anyone else experience that?

  24. it is god of fixing problem may god blesss this site .
    it is the best way to get ride of ur problems .
    thx trouble fixer u r god of solution.

  25. hello!

    I heve a problem!

    the virus that infected my pc was enabled to hide the Folder Option of My Computer. I cant access the Folder Option and I cant delete the virus in my pc. The virus was called SoWar Browser and everytime I open the Internet Explorer it always go to a pornsite. Please help me with this. Thanks alot in advance.


  27. How can I restore Internet Explorer as title of my browser. SoWar Browser is displayed instead of Internet Explorer. I hope you can help. Thank you.

    BTW, my pc was infected with sowar.vbs.

  28. Dear sir,

    Is there any anti-virus which is totally full proof?
    I have virus attack of 3o.exe.

    Is any anit virus which removes this virus.

  29. Thanks a lot. I do both advices and it seems to help… But there is still one strange thing – when I now go to the Folder Options and the under the Hidden Files and Folders both options (show and do not show) are checked! 😀

  30. hi abhishek ! actually i am a first timer on ur website but to show hidden files n folders one doesn’t need to go thru all these hasseles, there is a small VB script i have with me which can again active this function by just double clicking on it but i dont know how to post it here. Thanks

  31. great job it works fine but i remember one software which you used to recommend to clean registry in safe mode, I forget the name can you please tell me.
    thanks once again for this help

  32. hi i tired to solve the problem of hidden files and folders by
    the method written above but then also it did not displayed the hidden files and folders i have it in my pendrive which is infected by a virus and my antivirus is nod32 but it is not detecting the virus the virus is of 60 bytes and when i delete it, it srrives again with a new name
    plz if u can help me then i would be thankfull to you

  33. hi i agreed with akshay.even though i changed the value in the registry trough regedit, its still cant work out….
    i installed smart virus remover and it didnt show any change.

    For info, im using kaspersky 6.0 licences and other support software ( autoruns.exe, unlock, and …etc etc )

  34. Hey guyes listen, just HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden
    and rename SHOWALL key to SHOWALL_1 or else and check your heddin files all are now showing. Best of luck.

  35. Thanks a lot.

    Not able to show hidden files and folders

    article above mentioned is fantastic, solved my problem, tried solving from long time. but today with the help of this i solved it.

    thanks again

  36. i’ve tried all of the methods above but then it can’t solved my problem. When i apply ‘show hidden files and folders’ it goes back to ‘dont show hidden files and folders’ now what happens is both options are checked. sometimes both options are unchecked. also the option below which is ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ always remained unchecked. I really dont know what to do now. is derz someone der wo is willing to help me until i fix it.. tnx in advance.. 🙁

  37. wow. ive try to fixed it myself trying some options and bam.. ive made it.. aha.. anyway tnx for this site for giving me some ideas..

    heres what ive done:
    @ NOHIDDEN my CheckedValue is 2.
    @ SHOWALL my CheckedValue is 1.

    hope it cud help..

  38. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

    I cannot found the folder in the registry editor
    and help becoz my folder options of my pc has been change pls help me

  39. tnx to this method my problem has been solve

    Method 3: (By Denny)

    1- Click Start –> Run –> regsvr32 /i browseui.dll –> enter

    A confirmation message will appear like given below

    2- Click Start –> Run –> regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

    Wait for the confirmation and click OK.

  40. None of the above options worked for me. It occured because of virus/trojan cvasds01.dll. Norton, avast, malwarebytes,superantispyware were unable to solve it. I used “Spyware doctor” and the problem was entirely solved for me.

  41. man…

    ur the best…

    it really works

    i fought 4 hours on this issue bt it takes a min. here to solve

    folks just do that ‘creating new’ thing

    u rock



  42. hi everybody,

    i am having kahtra.exe virus and new folder.exe virus their is any removal tool pls send the details

  43. Hi I’m pendrive was infcted by newfolder.exe..
    I scan wih avast anti virus and it delete all virus and when i open my pen drive I can not see my files but when antivirus scan it It scan all that files which i can’t see or copy.and my pendrive property also sow that it is please help me.

    thank you.

  44. i formatted the system drive yesterday because of this, but i still have this problem. on top of this, all my drives open up in a new window.

    i have googled and tried every solution that came up including the ones posted here. but the problem comes right back upon reboot.

    please help out.

  45. I generally do not leave any comments on websites…But this post has really compelled me to do so..It have solved my problem..The solution was the point and fantastic..Thank you soo much..!!

  46. thank you very much
    this worked comp was infected by virus i think, and was reversing the state of hidden folders, it was not allowing me to check show hidden….. and was changing state to do not show….. i done through as you told but it cleared the problem partially. it actually showed hidden folders and never left to hide it . so i put the value of checked value o in NOHIDDEN to 2, and SHOWALL to 1. It made work as it was to .

  47. Thanks alot sir really work with me i am very very happy cuz i think the only way to fix it to format the hard ware & install new windows thx alot.. Amr from egypt

  48. Thank you very much
    I & all my friends tried much to solve this problem but we could not overcome. This is really a wonderful trick.
    thaaaaaaaaanx aloooooooot….

  49. I had the rotinom virus which I was able to remove using avg and hitman but when removing the virus it seems to have hidden all files on an external hard drive and sd memory card. It seems that I have the problem referred to on this thread and I have tried the fix but it wont work. I have windows 7 so I dont know if there is a different fix. Sometimes the view hidden files and unhiddden files are both checked and sometimes just the unhidden.
    Can you help please? I am not a technical buff so am a little confused by some of the more technical terms but I think I have done everything you suggest correctly. I even tried downloading a fix referred to on another thread. Please please help as I have loads of photos I want to recover.

  50. thx a lot this helps me when you fix it in reg edit and you have a google chrome download the extension of anti virus in your google chrome and scan the name of the anti-virus is bitdefender then the when its finished there will be the virus then right click then erase then u will see it in ur c:/
    then scan it with ur anti virus then press delete then restart this is how ive fixed my computer 😀 thx again 🙂

  51. i jst connected my mobile to my computer. wih that connection the total data in my mobile was affected by virus in such a way that the total data was hidden and not at all visible. But the audio files in that micro sd are playing but they are not visible.what i have to please any body suggest me. Since my is having valuable data.plz…plz…….

  52. thanxxx…!! so much i got it ., it really works but when i choose (show hidden folder & files )it hides contents & when i choose(does not show hidden …!!)then it shows files ., ny way i’m happy…!!@

  53. Just like to say this advice was great, was worried I’d have to wipe my computer after the trojan, but I found my files again 🙂 yipee!!!!

  54. I will tell u the easiest methd…
    jus go to the folder options… Then click on View, again select “Show hidden files folders and drivers” n jus below it UNCHECK THE “Hide protected operating system files(recomended”
    then click apply n chk ur files which were hidden by any ANtivirus scan or sumthin else…
    Gud luck 🙂

  55. to Yamin:
    Perfect simple solution!! – it worked – this is what is needed to do AFTER cleaning up computer with one’s own antivirus program. My computer was clean now but wouldn’t let me see all my folders and programs!!

    Yes!!! – This is all you have to do!!

    Your fix got my folders back so I could see them!

    Just an FYI though, I am thinking maybe virus is not totally wiped out yet if I am having to manually fix this one part….yet 2 antivirus programs on my computer says i am clean…
    As people have suggested before… you may need to run virus program several times and restart..

    Then go to get your folders back with your step!!

    Thanks so much again!!

  56. hello, i have problem in my external hard disc after it attacked by virus.
    the problems are:
    1) all the folders in my external hard disk became hidden file.
    2) the folder’s cannot be unhidden.

    *i hope you will help me to solve this kind of problems.

  57. i have one prblm my pendrive detect the system my pen drivedata all shortcuts shown in 1 kb file plz how to recover my data and other files show inshortcuts my pendrive

  58. thanx broda…! it worked like a charm..!! recovered all the files which i’ve hid em years ago..!!
    i was worried in the before that i lost em foevah..!! but now, i couldnt imagine i can c em again..!!
    thanx a lot..!!!

  59. hi! i have a trouble with my micro-sd card. The thing is i loaded it with lots of songs…….nd vids,pics,everything,,,,,but now they are not visible to me! my card looks to be filled nd i doesn’t find any of my files……they can be viewed in my music player but not in my card……. what to do? someone plzzzzzzzzzzz help me out!!!!!!!!!

  60. Hi, I can “see” the hidden files now. I have a bunch (400) word documents that are now appearing but are transparent. How do I get them back as true and real word documents? Thanks for anyone’s help. All of the above was very helpful. Not the most techy person either.

  61. i have done everything stated above, but i can not see all hidden files, the selection tab becomes arrow head and can not be selected, please help i will send the screen shots if you need to see..please urgent help


  62. hi,

    i have been having virus attacks and recently i upgraded to the new avira anti-virus and now my system is stable but i have had a different problem, all the files that were infected and were hidden i can now see but cannot unhide them so to speak. is there anything that can be done because i do not want to delete hidden system file by accident.



  63. hi..can u plz tel me i cnt see my data..i formatted my windows but i dint deleate my data..after dat i put antivirus but stil i cant c my data..wat shuld i do

  64. 4. Go to Tools > Folder options. This will show a folder options menu.

    there is no tools anywhere, i don’t understand?

  65. hey…
    I hv a similar problm..i had hidden a few .jpg files around a month back…bt i cant find it nw…m using win7 xDark edition…I tried everythng above..tried recovery s/w recover my files,uneraser and get my data bt nothng helped…
    Can anyone help me getting out of this problem….
    plzzz….dey are realy imp to me…

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  67. I have deleted all of the values and just added a dword and do the same u said,but there is no show hidden files and folders in my folder option
    What should I do….please help

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