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  1. Sorry for the late reply, thing's have been really busy lately. I hadn't considered the possibility that my Windows XP has been infected. I've been running full system scans regularly with my Avast Antivirus and it hasn't been able to detect any threats. I've also avoided opening email attachments and only ever visit a few websites like Gmail and Reddit. Note: I am still able to sign-in to other websites normally, and presumably those websites use JavaScript too. For example, I was still able to visit Reddit last night. The only website giving me problems right now is Gmail. So
  2. I have an old Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 3) that is now unable to perform System Restore on ANY restore point. This computer uses a dial-up connection to connect to the internet and normally has a speed of 44.0 - 45.2 kbps, but now only connects at 24.6 kbps. Here's a list of events and the dates they occurred on. Sorry for the length of this post. February 21st: - Updated Avast Virus Definitions in the early afternoon. I turned off the computer after updating. - Turned on the computer in the evening, and the dial-up connection window appeared on st
  3. 1. I'm pretty sure it was the file itself. I had File Explorer opened to the Downloads folder and I right-clicked the file and selected rename. 2. So I guess the file that disappeared is probably unrecoverable. I checked the Recycling Bin this morning and there is no sign of it in there either. I didn't think the computer could completely lose a file like this. 3. As an experiment I just tried moving a file from C:\ Downloads folder to a USB flash drive. While it was moving, I then tried to overwrite it with another file. Surprisingly, I was able to save over it! What ended up h
  4. Sorry to bother you with more questions, but something REALLY STRANGE just happened. Following your advice, I've made copies of the important files to the Shared Drive to make sure they were getting backed-up. Being a little paranoid, I've renamed and deleted my personal files from the C:\ Drive, and that's when something odd happened. One of the files in the Downloads folder couldn't be renamed for some reason. The mouse pointer would turn into a spinning blue circle showing that it was working on renaming the file, but it couldn't seem to complete the task. After a few seconds, Fil
  5. Thanks for the information. Some of what you wrote is still a little too complex for me, but I think I sort of get it. Essentially, mapping a drive allows the administrator to assign a drive letter to it, making it easier for users to locate and use it. Strangely, our "shared drive" doesn't actually have a drive letter. In order to find it I have to open Windows Explorer and then click on Network. The shared drive is listed in the "Computer" section with the name "Shared". I'm relieved about the USB monitoring, but there is one thing about it I was wondering about. 1. Would s
  6. Thanks for the detailed replies. 1. Good to know! This morning I checked all the C drive folders I worked with and they all say "Not Shared". It seems I've been rather unsafe saving my files in those folders and not regularly backing them up on the shared drive. 2. We don't have an in-house IT person and my employer is usually reluctant to contact our consultant unless there's an emergency. The next time the consultant happens to be in the office, I'll be sure to ask about this. 3. I've only been doing this during my breaks, but I guess I'll stop just to be on the safe side.
  7. I'm not very computer savvy, so these are probably stupid questions. I work with a Windows 10 PC at a small business which is part of a network. The files I work with are all saved on a "shared drive" on the server computer". Sometimes I save files to my Desktop or download files to my Downloads folder on the C:\ Drive, before saving an updated copy to the "shared drive" at the end of the week. When I right-click and view properties for C:\ and view the "Sharing" tab, it says this drive is "Not Shared". Questions: 1) Does "Not Shared" mean that C:\ is not
  8. I'm pretty sure the USB Flash Drive is clean, I just have an annoying tendency to worry. I'll keep the above information handy if something happens, and post the logs here. Thanks again. T-Ruth
  9. Thanks! I'm still nervous about trying out the flash drive, but I realize this is probably an irrational fear, after all the virus scans and reformatting. Anyway, thanks for all your help! T-Ruth
  10. Let's say I do a custom scan of a picture called "Sample.JPG". This would be one file, but the scan result would show "2 files scanned", despite the fact I was only scanning one item. After scanning each file one at a time, I've noticed that it's usually the PDFs that tend to show up as having more "files" scanned than what I highlighted for scanning. According to this thread, a file can actually contain other files. That being said, I find it strange that an image file could contain another file inside it. T-Ruth
  11. Okay, I've completed a full format. Windows Defender still says there's 2 files on it for some reason. Since the flash drive is really 14.8GB instead of the advertised 16GB, I'm guessing there's something in the flashdrive necessary for it to function, and that's probably what those 2 files are for. Anyway, I went and individually scanned the files before moving them back onto the flash drive. Interestingly, some files count as several files! For example, a single JPG would normally count as 1 file, but a few counted as 2 files, and one even counted as 475,682 files. The file size it
  12. I scanned all of the files on the flash drive with Windows Defender before moving them to a desktop folder on the Windows 10. I also tried using VirusTotal like you suggested, but they have a file size limit, so I wasn't able to scan everything. The files I could scan, were all clean though.The flash drive was now empty (I have Windows Explorer set to show all hidden files and folders), but a Windows Defender scan result claims there were 8 items scanned.I reformatted the flash drive to be on the safe side. Afterwards, I scanned the empty and reformatted flash drive again with Windows Defend
  13. Quick question: Would reformatting the USB Flash Drive completely remove any viruses, malware, ransomware, etc. that might be hiding in it? Since I've scanned the flash drive with Windows Defender and no threats were detected, I was thinking about copying some of the important documents to the desktop of my Windows 10, and then reformatting the flash drive. Would this work?
  14. Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in. This is my first time posting on these forums. I was wondering if there's a way to confirm if a USB flash drive is free of viruses, malware, and/or ransomware? I used this USB flash drive back on Feb. 23rd with a computer (Windows XP) that was a part of a network. The server was infected with Ransomware and all the files on the shared network were encrypted on Feb. 25th. Supposedly nobody used any of the computers on the network on the 25th, so I suspect that the infection happened earlier and activated the Ransomware at a later da
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