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Web page files converted to Twitter; data lost
My PC | 4/15/12

Posted on 04/15/2012 2:27:01 PM PDT by pabianice

I routinely save entire web pages to file, running XP. I do not use Twitter. Today, in trying to open some of these filed pages stored on disk, they have all disappeared and each has been replaced by several dozen Twitter icons and empty folders, with the information apparently lost. I have no idea how this happened.

How do I retrieve my files? Thanks.


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1 posted on 04/15/2012 2:27:07 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

what you mean by “twitter icons”? Are you using Firefox?


2 posted on 04/15/2012 2:29:53 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: mainevet

>>what you mean by “twitter icons”? Are you using Firefox?

Yes. Does that make a difference?


3 posted on 04/15/2012 2:33:46 PM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: pabianice
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4 posted on 04/15/2012 2:35:33 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: mainevet

Did you try using an Open With command and trying different options


5 posted on 04/15/2012 2:37:30 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: pabianice

well i don’t know. strange issue. on a side note what kind of an airdale are you? nose picker, tin bender? :-)


6 posted on 04/15/2012 2:37:33 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: vbmoneyspender

You might also use the search tool on XP. That will work best if the files haven’t actually been deleted and have just been moved or can’t be seen by you for some reason. You might also check your recycle bin just in case the files were deleted but haven’t been emptied from the bin.


7 posted on 04/15/2012 2:38:09 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: pabianice

Sounds like a file association issue. Try right clicking one of the files and opening it with firefox.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 2:40:05 PM PDT by bibo_ergo_sum
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To: pabianice

OOps I should looked better the first time. By your leave sir. :-)


9 posted on 04/15/2012 2:40:53 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: vbmoneyspender

That’s good stuff. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 04/15/2012 2:41:59 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
I always tell my kids that when they have a problem they can't figure out or a question they need answered - they should just google it (that's how I found that list).

After that, I then quote a great modern day philosopher and tell them you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.

11 posted on 04/15/2012 2:50:12 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: pabianice

If you don’t already use it, try running this to see if your have some malware from Twitter or somewhere else:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free


12 posted on 04/15/2012 3:02:50 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: pabianice

I know this does not help after the fact but a thumbdrive only cost a few dollars. stick it in the usb port every once in awhile and save your files.

also a good rule to follow is this. use 2 computers 1 that goes on the internet at 1 that never does. keep important work in the offline computer. if you need to get something from internet use of thumb drive and then scan it first. if the online computer gets something inside it you can just wipe out the hard drive and start over


13 posted on 04/15/2012 3:18:42 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

That’s actually a good idea. I have an XP and a Win7. The XP could be my off internet computer, but then how do I update it? Microsoft is supporting XP for another couple of years. It updates every Wednesday.


14 posted on 04/15/2012 4:42:28 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Excellence
if it's offline you prolly don't need too...
15 posted on 04/15/2012 4:52:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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>>well i don’t know. strange issue. on a side note what kind of an airdale are you? nose picker, tin bender? :-)

Russian nukie-boat tormentor.


16 posted on 04/16/2012 10:53:19 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I save everything to an external hard drive. In this case, the same error is also on the external drive.


17 posted on 04/16/2012 10:55:43 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: Excellence

“The XP could be my off internet computer, but then how do I update it?”

Keep it off the Internet, and you won’t have to update it.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 2:55:04 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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