File extensions not visible

Posted on 2010-08-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
On my XP Laptop i can't see any file extension with any of the file. When i go and clear "Hide extension for known file types" under Folder options then it does not stay permanent and i can't see file extensions.

Is there any registry settings i need to check or change? thanks
Question by:tech2010

Expert Comment

ID: 33512023
Value name   : HideFileExt
Possible Data : 1 or 0

Expert Comment

ID: 33512034
You have been infected with a virus. Run something like hijackthis to figure out what's running on your computer and perhaps it'll even fix it for you.

Expert Comment

ID: 33512207
I would also run malware removal tools as I agree with wellhole this sounds like a virus.

A few good ones are malwarebytes, SUPERAntispyware, and you should run ccleaner as well.

Author Comment

ID: 33512259
superqqq: after change registry value to 0 it fixed the issue. I wonder how it happened. Could there be virus on my system? will it now stay permanent?

Accepted Solution

superggg earned 500 total points
ID: 33512329
It is possible that it's a virus.
Do the following:
1.  Update your virus scanner and then run a full system scan.  
2. Run windows update.  You may have to do this multiple times until there are no more updates available.
If you are on a domain then a group policy may be changing the value.

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