Please bear with me. I know ziltch about computers and I've taken an age explaining myself because I'm not sure how to, really. Please feel free to probe me if I haven't been specific or clear enough, which I probably haven't. Last night I lost 2k of my work because the document apparently didn't save properly. When I saved the file, I noticed a copy of it appeared on the desktop (right above the original save) and instead of Theboardinghouse, it said $eboardinghouse. I ignored it, closed my document, sent it to myself in an email, and later found out it hadn't saved the last 2k of my work. When I checked for recent files, the $eboardinghouse was there as the last "save" and I couldn't open it. Anyway, I scanned for malware and my pc was infect with FIVE trojans, which I then got rid of. Over the last couple months I've had about 3 virus attacks like this, and now it's f-cking with my documents. So I've now saved all my stuff to my external hard drive, but when I saved the documen there, the weird $boardinghouse document becomes present again. After I close the document, it disappears! So I open it and find that the new stuff I've written is still there, so it is saving, but like last time this weird looking file is turning up. So now I'm worried that it's all going wrong again and that at any minute I'm gonna lose all the work I've done. (I have emailed myself the novel in text form in the body of the email, so if worst comes to worst I can copy and paste it from there.) I really need some help. Is it some problem with my word processor, or are my files screwing up and there's nothing I can do? Has anyone experienced what I'm talking about before? I know you probably can't figure alot out because you can't see my pc, but if it helps I can provide some screen caps? My pc is a few months over two years old, and lately it's been getting very hot, very quickly, and the fan has become noisey. Not only that but, as I said before, I keep on getting trojan virsuses. Ever since the first bout of them a few months ago, I've been getting stupid windows popping up with gobbledygook whenever I open WORD, and I usually just press X and ignore them because there's nothing I can do to get rid of them. What can I do to make sure my work is safe, seeing as this weird looking document - I think it's a corrupt autosave file- has started appearing when I save my work in a different location. Would it help if I copied and pasted into a new document, deleted the other on the external hard drive, and tried saving this new one to it? Is it safe to work on this laptop at all now? I'm at a complete loss. My laptop is an ADVENT, running on Vista home premium and using Word 2007.