|WinPatrol: Hidden Files
The Hidden list will display files located in some specific system locations which are marked as "Hidden" by the disk operating system. In most cases, these files are legitimate system files. If however your system has been infiltrated this list will show you the names of files which are associated with your current infilation.
Check the colum that says "Date Detected" to see if Hidden files are recent additions.
By default, Hidden Files are not monitored in real-time by WinPatrol. Some programs may exist which routinely created and delete temporary files which are set as Hidden. If Scotty monitors Hidden files in real-time it could drive some users of these programs crazy. However, if your system is infected the occurance of a hidden file won't be the only indication. If Scotty alerts you to new malware in your Startup Programs list or IE Helpers it would be a good time to review the list of Hidden files.
Managing Hidden FIles
Typically, hidden files are data files and will not include copyright or company information. PLUS members can click the PLUS Info... button to search the online WinPatrol database for more information on the specific file.
"View with Notepad"
"Delete File on Reboot"
There is no way to recover the file once it is deleted, so use this feature only when you are absolutely sure you want to remove the file.