Keep calm and take Yourself about an hour with nobody disturbing You.
First some technical info to calm You down.
Erase/delete means that the first letter of a folder or file is deleted.
The folder or file is not deleted at this point
So it is very unlikely that You lost the bookmarks.html for good.
Difficulty to find and repair depends how thorough Your family member deleted data and how You had installed K-Meleon.
Check User Data folder. You will find default locations at:
For Vista and Win7 Google firefox profiles default location. K-Meleon is right there only the name is K-Meleon not Firefox naturally.
K-Meleon Profiles can be at the win98 place on other systems too when You chose to have profiles in install directory during setup. E.G for portable use.
All is probably still at the old location. And a freshly installed K-Meleon could find the profile. Else You search for it manually.
If it is deleted already please try to use the recycle bind to unerase/roll back that is mentioned already and is easy to do. Else search the recycle bin.
Erase/delete means that the first letter of a folder or file is deleted. After that Your system does not show it anymore. And it has permission to overwrite and reuse the space. Therefore the needed unerase/undelete procedure should be done soon if not right away to get best chances of success.
So if bookmarks.html is deleted and not in the recycle bin You have the use an undelete/unerase program and step by step remake the first letters of ./APDATA/K
The first the letters the erased folders and then the erased file b
Free unearse programs exist in the net. Google = "free unerase program"
Random is something like 2ylha7um
.slt the bold can be any letter digit combination. The unerase program will offer choices. It might be next to a folder that is not deleted... You do not need to use the right letter - any letter will do. There might be more than one deleted profile to repair. Finally You get to
repair bookmarks.html (in each found profile). That is a html file that can be opened by K-Meleon or copied to the used profile to be used as bookmarks. If You find several (each in one of the possibly several random.slt named profiles folders) bookmarks.html You will have to remember which is Yours.
You see: deleting is hard to achieve.
To erase something completely You use special programs that systematically overwrite free spaces. Or You create a file with the same name to make info hard to find... Only a forensic specialist can re-store data at this point
I do not hope Your relative did not delete that thorough.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/02/2010 11:55PM by guenter.