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#1 Braindust

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Hello.

 

I just ran the Show-Hidden application that revealed I have 338 hidden items found on C drive and 4 found on D drive.

 

How on earth do I go about deciphering all of this and making sense of anything legitimate and .. not so legitimate, if any, without posting the results here? Irk! help, please?


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

Can you elaborate on what you mean by "ran the Show-Hidden application"? Hidden files and folders are quite common and, by itself, their presence is not indicative of anything amiss.



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Ah sorry.  The Show-Hidden application by BC.  Sorry, having a bit of trouble replying.. this what you meant??


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

I see what you meant now. Sorry, I was unfamiliar with that tool (must be new.)

 

The output of the tool lists all hidden folders (and optionally files too.) There's no hard rule for determining whether a given hidden file or folder ought to be hidden or whether it's malicious. Google and your antivirus will be able to help you here, but with hundreds of items that will take a while.

 

Generally, each hard drive will have at least 2 hidden folders and zero or more hidden files. The drive where Windows is installed will likely have several hundred hidden folders, mostly stored inside the main Windows folder, the Users (or Documents and Settings) folder,  and the Program Files folder(s). Folders at the root of the drive that will always be hidden include the Boot folder (newer versions of Windows), the $Recycle.Bin folder, and the System Volume Information folder.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

Thank you for that detailed reply.. guess I have some research to do.. yikes!  I did wonder why there are 3 instances of recycle bin on D drive, hopefully that is normal.  Was very eager to try the application as soon as it became available. 

 

Thanks again :) 

 

Hopefully this won't be posted twice.. still struggling to reply. 






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