Normally, in order to change a file or folder attribute, you must right-click and select properties in the item’s context menu. This might seem simple enough for when choosing either a Normal or Hidden attribute or even both. But to be able to set an items attribute to System, you would have to do it using a tool like the command prompt with an example code like the one below:
attrib +s c:\sample-path\sample-file.doc
A lot of computer virus, worms or malware change or modify your files and folders attribute. They usually set them to “Hidden” and/or “System”. Then they replace those original items with a shortcut with the same filenames but which points to other malicious stuff. If the items are set to “System” the attributes checkbox is greyed out and unclickable.
Restoring your files attributes can be such a hassle since now you’d have to use the command prompt function to restore all your affected files with the normal attribute. This is where this little freeware comes in. A more efficient way of changing your Files and Folders attributes. Simply select your desired attribute then drag and drop your items into the app.
These are attributes that apply to Files and Folders.
- Normal – Default file and folder attribute. Not Read-Only.
- Hidden – Items with this attribute are hidden when the Hidden Items checkbox setting is unchecked in Windows Explorer. Useful for helping keep your secret files a secret.
- System – Used for system files. You can see the Hidden checkbox in the properties dialog box is greyed out. This attribute can sometimes help prevent your files from being modified or deleted by malicious programs that don’t have the right privileges.
- Hidden + System – Applies combined properties of Hidden and System.
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