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Hidden File Finder 6.0

Quickly check for hidden files on your PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 23 October 2016
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Downloads To Date: 3696
Developer: SecurityXploded
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Hidden File Finder
Quickly check for hidden files on your PC

Hidden File Finder is a compact tool which can easily locate and display the hidden files on your PC, which may be useful if you're looking for malware.

Installation is bizarrely complicated. Unzipping the download gets you another password-protected zip file (password.txt tells you what the password is). This is a classic malware trick, but don't worry, it's safe enough. Although once you run the real setup program, Hidden File Finder attempts to install adware along with its own code. Pay close attention.

After that, operation is fairly straightforward: point the program at your starting folder, or the entire system; click "Start Scan", and then watch as the program lists anything of interest. (It won't take long: our test PC saw around 36,000 folders 220,000 files checked in under a minute.)

Once the scan has finished, you'll be presented with a report which includes each hidden file and its name, type, size, creation date and path. This can be sorted by each attribute, too, so you can easily pick out the largest files, or those created most recently. And to help further, the program highlights executable files in red, while ignoring hidden files of known types (desktop.ini, thumbs.db) entirely.

If you do spot anything which looks suspect, right-clicking it provides options to check the file at VirusTotal, search for it on Google, unhide the file or delete it entirely. Though the latter option is probably best avoided unless you're very, very sure that it's safe to be removed.

If you'd like to run the program from a USB key, though, that's possible, too. Install it first, then simply copy the program folder to whatever mobile drive you'd like to use.

Version 6.0 (Changelog):

Major release with the support for new Windows 10 version. Also features new Installer for simple installation & un-installation.


There's nothing too sophisticated here, but Hidden File Finder does provide an effective way to locate suspect hidden files on your PC, and if you've nothing similar then it's worth a try

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
- In groups, you can now mention specific people to get their attention by typing the @ symbol and choosing someone from the picker. 
- When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once 
- Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+) 
- Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+) 
- A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)