Perfect hidden files

Perfect hidden files


Unlike in the previous trick, This will work in all the windows versions. This is a very effective method


  1. Create a temporary folder on the root of your NTFS drive. Name the folder test, or give it another suitable name.
  2. Copy notepad.exe into the test folder and rename it hack.exe. You will use this file to simulate it as the hacking tool.
  3. Next, create a text file called testfile.txt. Place some text inside the readme file, something like hello world will work.
  4. Open a command prompt and change directories to place yourself in the test folder. By performing a directory listing, you should see two files: hack.exe and readme.txt. Record the total free space shown after the directory listing


  1. From the command line, issue the following command:

Type hack.exe > testfile.txt:hack.exe


  1. Now run a directory listing again and record the free space results
  2. Has anything changed? You should have noticed that free space has been reduced. That is because you streamed hack.exe behind readme.txt.
  3. Erase hack.exe as it’s no longer needed, and then execute the following from the command line:

Start c:\test\testfile.txt:hack.exe

Or if you want to get the exe back try following



  1. Did you notice what happened? Your hacked file, notepad.exe, should have popped open on the screen. The file is completely hidden, as it is streamed behind readme.txt.

A caution

Since windows cant ’see’ the file. It may overwrite it by some other file. As a result rarely you may not be able to recover your file! So do not use this method on important files unless you have a backup. Partitions that are frequently create or delete files is not a suitable place. Do not defragment the partition after hiding the file.

Detecting streaming files

Use a scanner tool such as sfind or LNS (

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