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Computer virus is a self-replicating executable program that damage or even destroy files or disks. It always occupies disk space and sometimes the main memory. There are different anti-virus softwares which can effectively remove viruses such as Norton, Avira, NOD32, Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG, Avast, etc. The different kinds of viruses are boot-sector virus, denial-of-service attack, e-mail worm, file virus, hoax, macrovirus, multipartite virus, etc.

Even though viruses have already been removed/deleted in your computer, it left damages to your computer. One of them is the changed attribute in your folders from archive/read-only to hidden. Thus, you will think that some of your folders have already been erased or deleted by virus and anti-virus. Just look at the status bar to see how many hidden folders in a particular drive or path in your computer.

If you will try to change again its attribute in the folder options at the control panel, you will be shocked to know that the folder options icon is missing. It has been removed in the control panel. It has been hidden together with some of your important folders. And even if you try to restore the folder options icon in the toolbar by customizing it, it has no use for you can never click it at all.

Of course, you can still see your hidden folders by using special program for compressed files called WinRAR, you can use it to delete *.exe made by the virus (* represents any name of your folder or file copied by the virus).

But there are many things which you want to do that cannot be done through WinRAR such as copying and pasting folders/files, viewing folders/files in thumbnails, etc.

The only solution is to restore the folder options in the control panel. In this instructable, I am going to teach you step-by-step how to restore folder options in the control panel. It will also appear in My Computer and its icon can now be used in the toolbar. Please be sure that all viruses have already been removed before you apply this advanced computer tutorial.

Periander "theSeventhSage" Esplana
nitinstrca2 months ago

Most of the times we observe that, the folder option is get skipped from the Tools menu. Because of some spam/warms/threats,hence that option is disabled at the back-end automatically.


kakaru5 years ago
This instructions really help me!Thanks to all the team.
alyhozayen6 years ago
thank you very much you are very kind
theseventhsage (author)  alyhozayen6 years ago
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dchall86 years ago
What operating system are you talking about?
theseventhsage (author)  dchall86 years ago
The OS is obviously Windows XP. Just look at the pictures. You cannot find them in Linux, Mac OS, Win 98, DOS, Win Vista (not "inspirat"), Unix, etc. But try it if you can.
Windows was obvious. There are so many flavors of Windows and even XP that beyond that, it was not obvious. I was hoping you used Vista because one of the big headaches with Vista is that it forgets your folder settings immediately after you set them.
theseventhsage (author)  dchall86 years ago
Not only that, in fact there are many third party softwares which are not compatible to Windows Vista. It greatly affected Microsoft business strategy.