So, your computer was infected by a virus. You used your antivirus software, scanned your entire computer and got rid of the virus. But later you discovered that some files have gone missing. Or your folder has been just converted into shortcut links and your portable devices like your mobile phones are unable to find files in that folder. You try searching for them again and again but you are unable to find them. Well, no need to panic yet. The virus might have just changed the attributes to hidden. In most of the cases, they would generally hide the files you stored on a flash drive or an external hard drive. The infected files remain hidden even after you have cleaned your computer using an antivirus software. So how do you recover files hidden by a computer virus? Well, it’s pretty simple. Just follow these Simple steps to restore hidden files:
1. Go to START Menu in Windows 7. Enter CMD in the search box and hit Enter. This would open up the command prompt.
2. Now go to the drive you want to work on. e.g. If you want to work on E: drive then type e: and press enter.
3. Now enter the following command and hit enter. attrib –s –h *.* /S /D
This would change the hidden attribute of the file back to normal. For shortcut links, just delete the shortcut links.
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