Posted 13 March 2007 - 02:34 PM
I am using an older Micron PC, P4, XP, Office 2003. Over the last year I have lost about a dozen important personal files by clicking on the file name in the folder, or clicking the X in the upper right hand corner to close the file. The rate of loss has increased, so I decided to format the computer out and reinstall my operating system and applications again (spring cleaning). I have had this computer about 4 years, and have used a lot of applications so it was really about time. I was suspecting that I might have some malware messing with my computer.
I did that about a week ago, and today another file disappeared before my very eyes, this time it was an Excel file, usually it is Word. I opened up the excel application and clicked my file in "recent files," got the file's not there error message. I went to my indexer and searched for words I knew to be in the file. Didn't find my file.
The computer seems to know which files are important and goes for them. It prefers large, frequently used files, but today it disposed of a relatively small excel file
Old as it is, this computer is more than adequate for my needs, except for this dispensing with files problem. Can anyone tell me why this is happening?