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    Unable to show hidden files and folders in Windows XP

    I have some great problems. I want to show hidden files and folders in my system with Windows XP PRO SP2 installed. I already checked "Show hidden files and folders" by going to Tools -> Folder Options -> View and then I confirm it by clicking OK. But nothing happens. Also hidden files are still hidden.

    I went there again just to confirm that my settings were saved but unfortunately the "Show hidden files and folders" option is still disabled (unchecked).

    I am using Avast antivirus 4.7 with an updated virus definitions. I did a complete virus scan of the entire hard drive but the virus has not been detected.

    What can I do to eradicate this problem?

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    Re: Unable to show hidden files and folders in Windows XP

    Just go into the registry and check a few key values:

    Start -> Run -> Type "regedit" and press "OK" -> HKEY_Local_Machine -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Explorer ->
    Advanced -> Folder -> Hidden

    Here you will find 2 sub-directories namely "NOHIDDEN" and "SHOWALL"

    Set the below key values in NOHIDDEN:
    CheckedValue = 2
    DefaultValue = 2

    and in SHOWALL:
    CheckedValue = 1
    DefaultValue = 2

    Close the registry editor and now repeat the same things again. Theoretically it should work.

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    Re: Unable to show hidden files and folders in Windows XP

    Thank you mv, I followed your advice but unfortunately it does not.

    Tried to change the values in SHOWALL as follows:
    CheckedValue = 1
    DefaultValue = 2

    But CheckedValue is always 0.

    Do you have an idea ...

    AVAST shows me the problem of "tmf3w3g0.com".

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    Re: Unable to show hidden files and folders in Windows XP

    Quiet common issue. Restart in Safe mode and disable System Restore. Go to a DOS console by clicking on Start, Run, type "cmd" and press OK button.

    Code:
    cd \
    dir /a:h
    del autorun.inf /a:h /F
    del tmf3w3g0.com /a:h /f
    Code:
    cd Documents and settings 
    cd user (your username) 
    cd Local settings
    cd temp 
    dir /a:h
    the there must be a dll with a 7 inside like r7.dll:

    Code:
    del r7.dll /a:h /f
    cd \ 
    cd windows 
    cd system32 
    dir /a:h
    you should find 1 or 2 (may be 3) files beginning with kavo, so

    Code:
    del kavo.exe /a:h /f
    del kavo0.dll /a:h /f

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