Posted 20 June 2008 - 01:48 PM
Is there anything I can do now??--I hope someone can help me fix my big ol'stupid mistake. First some background. My current OS is Vista--which is running on an HP Pavilion. I have Quicken installed. I really liked the on the fly encryption I had w/ my prior XP Pro OS and am looking for free software to duplicate the way I would encrypt files that were more sensitive--like the financial data in Quicken--or that were simply more identifying of my tastes & current interests. I have noticed that spies and spammers have a tendency to send me spam about something I have just been working on--just after I have done an internet search then saved informational files for my future reference. I wasn't sure how they were spying, but it has happened enough that it didn't seem like sheer coincidence. I have AVG running & Zone Alarm & use other software like Ad-Aware, SpyBot; Advanced Windows Care. Sometimes will do an online Trend Micro scan. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0 is being shipped to me as I speak. I used to encrypt a good portion of my documents and my whole Quicken program and not need a password to open each file--just clicked on it & it was ready to use. This morning I downloaded a file encyption program as well as a windows washer--Androsa File Protector (does require a password to use document previously encrypted) and "Free Internet Window Washer". But when I used the File Protector I made the mistake of trying to encrypt the whole Quicken file folder. So now my Quicken data appears to be all gone. No accounts--no customization. Everything I entered is gone & Quicken says it wants to set up. Apparently System Restore isn't going to put Quicken back like it was. I do have a Seagate external drive which I thought was copying my whole drive. Apparently it isn't--just saw that this morning also. But I think the up-to-date Quicken data is on it. Is there a way to retore my Quicken as it was before I did this? I would be open to suggestions to stop the spies more effectively but I need to make any changes very inexpensively or free. Is there a way to copy my whole drive to Seagate?--it is the size of my hard drive. I have a router I was using for its hardware firewall with my prior computer (which not too long ago crashed), but I don't know if I can use it with this new computer. Wouldn't describe myself as technologically savvy so very specific directions would be helpful!