alot of my folders say empty

June 3, 2013 at 08:33:37
Specs: Windows XP
When I attempt to open folders, the word empty comes up.Not every folder is empty though. Could they be hidden and just need to be found?

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#1
June 3, 2013 at 10:15:40
If they're hidden you can unhide them. Open one of the drives from 'my computer' and from the toolbar choose TOOLS--FOLDER OPTIONS--VIEW and under 'hidden files and folders' check 'show hidden files and folders'. Then 'apply' and 'ok'.

There's been problems with files and folder becoming hidden on USB drives and replaced with shortcuts. I don't know if what caused that was ever pinned down. But if it's a USB drive you may want to run some malware scans and see if anything turns up.

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#2
June 3, 2013 at 10:32:58
Thank you for your reply. I tried that and they still show empty. Any other suggestions would be appreciated

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#3
June 3, 2013 at 10:59:26
You can also try showing system files. I doubt those are the type that are missing but it won't hurt to check. Go to TOOLS--FOLDER OPTIONS-VIEW again and down to 'hide protected operating system files' and make sure it's unchecked. Then 'apply' and 'ok' again.

If that doesn't show any contents either then the folders probably are empty. Could they have been saved elsewhere, or deleted (check recycle bin) or maybe removed in a disk cleanup process?

You probably should rehide the system files. They're hidden to keep people from accidently removing them.

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#4
June 3, 2013 at 13:28:37
If they are user folders like Pictures or Documents etc., they will not be hidden unless you have tagged them to be hidden in their properties box.

Folders and files which mysteriously disappear is often a sign that the hard drive is starting to fail, in which case you should test that drive with diagnostic software:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tools...


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#5
June 3, 2013 at 13:43:50
They're not supposed to become hidden but sometimes they do. As far as I know it's only been happening on USB-connected drives. I don't know if it's some OS bug or virus/malware. The OP here mentioned a particular virus he thought was causing it but I couldn't find much info on it:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Otherwise it seems just running ATTRIB from command prompt and removing all attributes works as recommended in # 7 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Of course, doing it from 'folder options' should work just as well.

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#6
June 3, 2013 at 14:03:04
I would still recommend the OP test the drive in question, if only to eliminate that possibility, and for peace of mind.

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#7
June 3, 2013 at 14:21:21
Yeah, that would be a good idea, especially if it's the hard drive. If it's a flash drive, well things disappear from them all the time.

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#8
June 3, 2013 at 15:36:11
1: Download & run Unhide
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
A introduction as to what this program does.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
For those of you who no longer have the %Temp%\Smtmp folder, you will not be able to use Unhide to restore your Start Menu items. With this in mind, I have created some scripts to restore the default Start Menu for specific versions of Windows that I have access to. You can view the available versions below. I will be adding more as time goes on.
Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run, it does take some time, be patient. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.
When Unhide is complete, it will create a logfile on the Windows Desktop called Unhide.txt.
Copy & Paste the contents of the log. Let me know if it dosn't produce a log please.

2: Reboot

3: Run ESET Online Scanner, Copy and Paste the contents of the log please. This scan may take a very long while, so please be patient. Maybe start it before going to work or bed.
http://www.eset.com/us/online-scann...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
You may have to download ESET from a good computer, put it on a flash/thumb/pen drive & run it from there, if your comp is unbootable, or won't let you download.
Create a ESET SysRescue CD or USB drive
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
How do I use my ESET SysRescue CD or USB flash drive to scan and clean my system?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
Configure ESET this way & disable your AV.
http://i.imgur.com/3U7YC.gif
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
Why Would I Ever Need an Online Virus Scanner?
I already have an antivirus program installed, isn't that enough?
http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-fre...
Once onto a machine, malware can disable antivirus programs, prevent antimalware programs from downloading updates, or prevent a user from running antivirus scans or installing new antivirus software or malware removal tools. At this point even though you are aware the computer is infected, removal is very difficult.
5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or anti-malware programs running on your computer, they may intercept the scan being performed by the ESET Online Scanner and hinder performance. You may wish to disable the real-time protection components of your other security software before running the ESET Online Scanner. Remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
17: How can I view the log file from ESET Online Scanner?
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...
http://www.eset.com/home/products/o...
The ESET Online Scanner saves a log file after running, which can be examined or sent in to ESET for further analysis. The path to the log file is "C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt". You can view this file by navigating to the directory and double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, or by copying and pasting the path specification above (including the quotation marks) into the Start ? Run dialog box from the Start Menu on the desktop.
If no threats are found, you will simply see an information window that no threats were found.
http://www.trishtech.com/security/s...


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