Having strange troubles with Windows 8.
Did a re-installation about a month back and its been a bit rocky since. Fast forward to this week and I was working on an app with Ruby on Rails. Restated the computer and when I came back, the windows I was previously using appeared on the desktop as if it remembered the session (its done this twice randomly now). Opened were Chrome, Skype, and a Ruby console.
All of these ended in corruption. Skype wouldn't open properly and I lost my profile pic settings and the contacts wouldn't appear straight away. Chrome lost history, settings, and had a damaged cache.
Devastatingly, the core folders in my Ruby project were corrupted. I couldn't even copy and paste them, or open them. I got a "0x80070570 the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" error.
I went and did a Windows Startup Repair as recommended. It did a short repair then restarted. The corrupted files in my Ruby project had disappeared. I'm now seeing if I can recover them but its completely wrecked my work.
I can't believe how shit my luck is. The day before a friend was encouraging me to push it to our Bitbucket repo... fancy that.
Avast antivirus also stopped working properly today. The interface wouldn't let me start the service so it was effectively not running. I had to do a repair reinstall.
A) What is causing this? I've been scared by a friend into all sorts of horrors; malicious remote access, hardware failure, etc.
B) What can I do to prevent this happening again?
So far I have:
> Downloaded all important Windows updates
> Done a full system scan with Avast; no issues found
> Checked hard drive for issues; no bad sectors or problems reported
> Currently doing a scan with the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
> Planning to use Recuva to search for my deleted files