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unhide filesIf you need a quick solution that lets you unhide files and folders in your Windows operating system, then you might find this quick DOS command very useful. Certain kind of viruses in order to hide among your files and folders, make themselves invisible by hacking certain Windows options.  Furthermore, they will also disable such settings to prevent user from spotting them. I am talking about Folder options. You are able to reach such settings by opening the Windows Explorer folder – Tools – Folder Options and opening the View tab. If you get infected, the virus will disable such a feature to prevent you from spotting it. Let’s see how to unhide files and folders from your computer as well as your USB hard drive (pen drive).

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search field, type CMD and do not press Enter.
  3. Right-click the CMD (Command Prompt) icon and from the menu select Run it as Administrator. This will etl you grant access to DOS Command Prompt.
  4. Type: cd (path of the folder containing the files to unhide)
  5. Now, to unhide, and as a consequence open files, type: attrib /s /d -s -h –r

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One Comment to “Simple Command to Unhide Files in DOS Command Prompt”

  1. Gregg DesElms Says:

    Only the “-h” switch is to unhide.

    The “-s” switch turns off the file’s being considered a “system” file by Windows.

    The “-r” switch turns off the file’s being “read only.”

    Only if the file’s either being “read only” or a “system file” interfered with unhiding it using the “-h” switch would either “-s” or “-r” be needed.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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