ADS, or alternate data streams, were added in to Windows in 1993 (First Windows NT version) as a feature of the new NTFS file system to help support some features of the Mac OS at the time. I like to read about security stuff, and I recently read about how viruses, trojans, keyloggers, etc. like to hide using ADS because the file is invisible - not like a hidden file, but completely invisible to Windows Explorer, and even the
dir command in Command Prompt. Basically it's like the Anne Frank for computer viruses, it hides there and no one knows it, which is why it could be a threat to computer users.
Is there a way to detect these ADS files without the use of a specialized program, and if not what would be a progrm / method to detect these files?