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windows explorer not showing hidden files and folders

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using 'Tools -> Folder Options -> Show hidden files and folders' has no effect
the setting reverts to original immediately

read around and concluded that it would be a malware problem (and hence am not sure am posting in the right area). hence ran a system scan with avira antivir and quaratined all detections (which again i dont know to be advisable...have attached the log)
no effect on the problem
at the end of my tether

advise please


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Yes, this could be an infection.
Go here: http://www.geekstogo...uide-t2852.html
Follow that guide, and if your problems don't clear up, then post the required logs on the Malware Forum.
If you need help after receiving a clean bill of health from a malware tech, then you can post back here.
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