Tool for revealing any hidden files on a memory stick
Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000
USB Show is a lightweight, portable app that reveals hidden files and folders on USB flash drives.
USB Show is freeware. Use it as often and as much as you like without cost or restriction. It’s also portable, which means it doesn’t require installation and be carried on a USB stick drive. The program is also quite simple to use. There’s not even any options. Simply point to an appropriate flash drive, and run it. The program is in English by default, but Spanish is also an option.
USB Show is reasonably fast. Most flash drives are relatively small in capacity, so you won’t even notice. There is, however, a progress bar that indicates time remaining. This can be useful for large flash drives or if running the app on an external USB hard drive or similar device.
When the process is done, the app displays a registry of all found hidden items. This works with all directories as well as files, and those items will be automatically revealed. In other words, they’ll be no longer hidden. Now, it’s easier to manipulate them and see what dangers may lurk on your drive.
A primary reason for using an app like this is to get rid of hidden folder viruses—if a straight-up reformat isn’t an option anyway. In addition, a lot of antivirus tools then can recognize such shortcut viruses also provide tools to repair affected storage. It’s also worth mentioning that not all files that USB Show reveals needed to be deleted. System files are often hidden too, so take care.
USB lacks any options at all, which is unfortunate. It does what it does well enough but is perhaps a little to streamlined. If your usage doesn’t align with the default configuration, you’re out of luck. It’d be nice to have the option to hide and re-hide files as needed and on a per-file basis.
USB-show is a useful piece of software that reveals hidden files and folders on a USB device. The most common use of USB-show is to identify malicious files that may have been installed onto the USB device without the user's consent. USB-show can also be used to reveal non-malicious files that have been hidden from plain view. Non-malicious hidden files can sometimes be accidentally hidden by the user or intentionally hidden by malicious software.
USB-show scans the attached device, identifies the hidden files, and places them in an easy to access location so that you can determine whether the file belongs on the device or not. USB-show is a very lightweight package and requires very little computer resources or technical know-how to operate. USB-show also allows the user to easily back up or remove any hidden files that it detects, providing the user with a sense of security that their files will not be tampered with by the software.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of USB-show is that it allows you to make the most out of a USB device. Aside from allowing you to see precisely what is on the device, USB-show also optimizes the attached device by searching for obscured files. Hidden files can take up a great deal of space on a flash drive and even hamper your ability to move files and folders onto and off of the device. A final benefit that USB-show provides can be found in its versatility. Despite the name, USB-show can help the user detect hidden files on practically any external device.
The biggest drawback of USB-show can be found in its native supported language. USB-shown was designed be Spanish developers, and the English translation is rough at best. However, the program is fairly easy to use and so the rough translation should not cause too much of an issue for the average user - particularly since the user interface only has one button to press. Another drawback of this program can be found in the length of time it requires to operate. If an attached device is particularly large, USB-show can take quite a bit of time to complete the scan for hidden files. Finally, the trial period may turn away some users looking for freeware.Pros
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