Today we have a new breed of ill willed software. We call it MALWARE.
Look up MALWAREBYTES on google and use their free scanning tool. Today I suggest deleting all it finds.
In closing, why would you lose anything since we all "backup"?
Recently I tried to find an excel file that I periodically use to log personal things and could not find it. For a moment I thought I must have erased it by mistake. However when I tried to find other files that I periodically update I could not find these either. I soon realized that the missing files were the files that were in the XP recent documents list. I lost all these files and these must have been erased not deleted. I tried using file recovery software with no result. I guess I can live with this problem this time but I want to know if this was a virus. I have been using Avast personal for some time now with no problems but I have to know what happened so that it would not happen again. Has anybody encountered this same problem? Is it a virus?