4 Methods to Reset System and Hidden Attributes for Files or Folders Caused by Virus

2. Unhide using iReset

iReset

This is a portable tool to reset your system or hidden files and folders so you can view or access them normally. You will need to drag and drop your files or folders onto the cross-hair icon and then click the reset button. This tool is free for personal use but if you want to use it for business purposes, then you’ll have to license the application.


3. Unhide using Attribute Changer

Attribute Changer

If a file has a hidden attribute, you can easily remove it by right clicking the file, go to Properties, and uncheck the Hidden checkbox. But if it also has system attribute, then the Hidden checkbox will be grayed out and you can’t change that. With Attribute Changer, you can now change all kinds of file and folder attributes from the same area.

To use it, install the program and then right click on the files or folders and select “Change Attributes…” from the context menu. Then use the Folder Properties and File Properties tabs to clear the System and Hidden check boxes and apply.


4. How to view and unhide from a single program

Lastly, here is a tool that can do both of the above and show you what files are hidden and also allow the changing of several file and folder attributes at once. That program is called Free Commander and is a very popular and portable file manager.

free commander portable

The good thing here is Hidden and System files are show by default in the program and are easily identified by being a light shade of grey. You can then batch unhide the files and/or folders by simply multi selecting them with Shift, Ctrl or click and drag. Then press Shift+Enter to bring up the Attributes/Timestamp window.

free commander attributes

Tick the Set attributes box to allow the attributes to be edited, then make sure both Hidden and System are unticked, then press OK. Your files and folders will now be visible again! You can also alter the timestamps and also include sub folder contents attributes to be changed.

Free Commander is a great tool to have around anyway even if you don’t want to use it for this purpose. There are also other file manager or commander type programs that can do a similar job. Have a look at our article on 6 Free File Managers for Quicker File Operations

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