Tag: Hidden

Hiding malicious files in Windows folders

The desktop.ini is a standard text file that can be placed in any Windows folder to customize certain aspects of the folders behaviour, i.e. what the folder icon should be, what folder name to display, etc. The desktop.ini file is normally a hidden file so to display existing ones in folders you’ll need to make…


Hiding Browser Helper Objects

A Browser Helper Object or BHO is a DLL module designed as an add-on for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser to provide added functionality. When a BHO is installed on your system the add-on loads up automatically every time Internet Explorer is started. Hackers have been abusing this functionality by installing malicious BHOs stealing user’s…


Hidden files and extensions

Making hidden files visible can sometimes be not as straight forward as expected and can be a bit confusing at times. Malicious files quite often have their file attributes modified making it harder to detect. You might encounter files with the system, read only and hidden attributes set. When system and hidden attributes has been…