Reply to post: Re: Who doesn't show hidden files?

Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

Pascal Monett Silver badge

Re: Who doesn't show hidden files?

Most people don't. Most new users don't even know what a file type is. Oh, they recognize a PDF, all right - by the icon. Just like the icon will tell them if it's an Excel file or whatever else they use on a daily basis.

Hiding the extension has been a Microsoft default since Windows 98, if I'm not mistaken, and that abysmally stupid decision has given malware writers years of fun and years more are to come.

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