Quick Unhide Utility

Quick Unhide Utility IconThis small utility will recover hidden files/directories by attempting to manipulate file attributes.

Download v1.0.1

How to use

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  1. If your computer can’t already show hidden files, go to Control Panel and find Folder Options. Make sure ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drivers’ are selected. If you still can’t find your file, uncheck ‘Hide protected operating system files (recommended).
  2. Drag all your hidden files to the white box in the utility.
  3. Press Ok button.

The utility will then tell you if it is successful. Revert back the Folder Options settings should you wish!

How it works

It will attempt to remove READONLY, ARCHIVE, SYSTEM and HIDDEN attributes, while adding NORMAL attributes.

Other information

Changelog
[1.0.1] + Edit box now has new styles including wanting carriage returns, has a scroll bar, etc.

[1.0.0] + Project started
Story behind this utility...
Files and folders can be hidden by malware/viruses. This software was written to help me counter a malware attack in my school. This particular malware hides all files on your flash disk, and replaces them with ‘infected’ shortcuts. Non-computer savvy users will not detect this change and will proceed to launch the shortcuts. If this is done on another computer, the shortcuts will launch the virus before launching users’ files. Thus, the virus spreads without detection.

I wrote this utility to quickly recover all hidden files. These ‘hidings’ can not be easily reverted by unchecking ‘Hide this file’ in Properties panel.

Icon designer
I did not design the icon. Credits go to KlukeArt (Miriam Moshinsky). This icon is licensed under Personal Use.

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