Well, the file recovery is going poorly. I haven't been able to find most of the files that were lost. Keep in mind that this was 3/4 of my hard drive!!! I don't know how it could be so simple to just delete files like that. If I'd known the Recycle Bin only had a small capacity and that it was actually deleting and not just storing the files, I would never have deleted the files. Many of these files were music files. I have some of them on my MP3 player, but not all of them. A whole set of 20 CDs is just gone. I'm fairly certain my MP3 player has these files on it, but I'm thinking many were lost. At least I may be able to recoup some of them from the MP3 player.
I'm still running the Recuva recovery and I keep trying different things, but it takes hours to get through a scan.
As far as the power supply goes, I purchased a power supply box and I just have to wait until the scans finish. I don't want to restart it because I've read that causes files to be written over deleted file space. I'm trying to avoid that. The computer has stayed on since the last time it shut off 5 times on Sunday. I keep wanting to run the Adwcleaner to see if anything gets cleaned off since I changed my FB password. I still have iLivid in the control panel and it's not going away. The uninstall button disappears when I click on it. I have to wait until the Recuva scan finishes. However, at this point I'm feeling less optimistic about recovering any of the deleted files. The scan keeps showing the picture files that I backed up, but very few files I don't already have either on the F drive or elsewhere.
At Fry's Electronics (where I got the power supply), a woman in the service department was suggesting I wipe the hard drive to get rid of any viruses. That's the absolute last thing I'd do. There must be some way to clean this crap off this computer. This woman seemed to think it was malware since I told her my computer has been shutting off randomly for 8 months now. There has to be a way to rid the computer of the crap. ESET finds a lot of stuff when I scan with it, and some of it quarantines, but a lot of it keeps showing up in subsequent scans.
Oh, this woman at Fry's also recommended getting into the BIOS and scanning to see if the motherboard is bad. She said there was a way to do this. Do you know how to do this? I asked if perhaps there was something free online to scan for a bad motherboard. If we can scan other hardware, then why not the motherboard?