USB Show is a lightweight, portable app that reveals hidden files and folders on USB flash drives. USB Show is freeware. Use it as often and as much as you like without cost or restriction. It’s also portable, which means it doesn’t require installation and be carried on a USB stick drive. The program is also quite simple to use.
There’s not even any options. Simply point to an appropriate flash drive, and run it. The program is in English by default, but Spanish is also an option. USB Show is reasonably fast. Most flash drives are relatively small in capacity, so you won’t even notice. There is, however, a progress bar that indicates time remaining.
This can be useful for large flash drives or if running the app on an external USB hard drive or similar device. When the process is done, the app displays a registry of all found hidden items. This works with all directories as well as files, and those items will be automatically revealed. In other words, they’ll be no longer hidden. Now, it’s easier to manipulate them and see what dangers may lurk on your drive. A primary reason for using an app like this is to get rid of hidden folder viruses—if a straight-up reformat isn’t an option anyway. In addition, a lot of antivirus tools then can recognize such shortcut viruses also provide tools to repair affected storage. It’s also worth mentioning that not all files that USB Show reveals needed to be deleted. System files are often hidden too, so take care. USB lacks any options at all, which is unfortunate.
It does what it does well enough but is perhaps a little to streamlined. If your usage doesn’t align with the default configuration, you’re out of luck. It’d be nice to have the option to hide and re-hide files as needed and on a per-file basis.
- Simple to use
- Lacks options