How to Unhide Hidden Files in USB Caused by Virus?

 May 5, 2017      
 File Recovery   

Day to day complaints regarding data loss disasters are increasing in a rapid way. Even though many precautionary measures are under progress, problems are never ending. Have a look upon a user’s query that is mentioned below:

“Hello all, I shared a Pen Drive to transfer few files from my colleague’s computer. The storage drive had many vital files residing on it. Now I could not find most of the files on my USB drive. And few files have turned into shortcuts which could not be accessed. What might have happened? Somebody provide me a solution”.

Based on the situation depicted, the problem is most likely to occur with virus invasion. Yes, may be the user’s friend might have utilized the USB on a malware infected PC.

Apart from virus attack, other possible reasons for file invisibility include –

• Files and folders hidden to provide privacy and deleted accidentally
• Forgetting the hidden file location

Whatever might be the cause whether virus attack or enabling hide files/folder option on Windows. Data inaccessibility is the major impact on that particular file/folder. There is nothing to worry. Follow below mentioned simple methods to resolve them –

Method one: Modify system settings

Step 1: Click on Start
Step 2: Open your Pen drive
Step 3: Click on Organize and then on Folder and Search Options
Step 4: Hit on View tab and under Hidden files and folders, mark Show hidden files
Step 5: Then click “Apply” and “OK”.

If you find that files are not hidden due to settings, then try next method.

Method two: Use command prompt

Step 1: Click on Start button
Step 2: Type CMD in search box and run the command prompt
Step 3: Type the drive letter that indicates your USB drive and hit enter
Step 4: Now finally type as attrib -s -h -r /s /d x:\*.* on command window and enter (x represents drive letter)

Tried out both methods yet problem continues to exist? And are you still confused about how to unhide hidden files in USB caused by virus? Then it’s better to safeguard those files before losing them. immediately switch to next method to get back those files.

Method three: Use Yodot file recovery tool to restore hidden files

Step 1: Connect USB drive to computer
Step 2: Visit here and download the application
Step 3: Install and run the program
Step 4: Choose “Lost File Recovery” option
Step 5: Select drive where hidden files were stored
Step 6: Scan will be initiated and list of files will be displayed, select desired files and click on next
Step 7: Save all restored files on a destination folder

Why particularly Yodot software?
Because the application scans complete drive to find hidden files. The software is capable of recovering various files with .doc, .ppt, .pst and many other file extensions. It is compatible to work on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 editions of OS.