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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Chili_Palmer, Nov 25, 2001.

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  1. Chili_Palmer

    Chili_Palmer Thread Starter

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    Ive tried fdisking, reformatting, and a different hard drive, the problem persists. Whenever i try to open a MS word, excel, or any jpeg file by double clicking on the icon the window/folder its in freezes, the program wont open, and i have to end task. I can, however, open the word and excel files if i open the program first, then browse to open the document thru the program.

    Im completely frustrated with this, any ideas anybody? Im willing to try just about anything. If it matters O/S is windows 98, computer is P2 450Mhz. Word & excel are from office 2000.

    Thanks in advance
    -CP
     
  2. Linkmaster

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    Hi Chili_Palmer, Welcome
    Try looking at what you have running in the background. How much memory do you have? Maybe too many things are running and explorer is just an added resource! Go to start, run, type msconfig
    Go to start up tab, and post what is running if you can.
     
  3. Chili_Palmer

    Chili_Palmer Thread Starter

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    TW--

    i have 384 Mb pc100 sdram, video card is a voodoo 5 5500 w/ 64 mb ram.

    I did what u suggest and there are a whole slew of programs listed, which i find strage because i thought i had disabled most of them at startup for quicker booting. anyway, the list is as follows:

    Mirabilis ICQ
    ScanRegistry
    TaskMonitor
    System Tray
    LoadPowerProfile
    3dfx tools
    AuidioHQ
    New.net Startup
    webhancer Agent
    KBD MediaCenter
    POINTER
    Winamp Agent
    LoadPowerProfile (yes it is listed twice)
    Microsoft Office Startup
    run=

    I know what about half of these are and have no clue on the rest. hope this helps with the diagnosis. Thanks for the replies
    -CP
     
  4. DoyceJ

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    Go to start>settings>folder options>file types>scroll down and find the type of files and see click on it. I will show which program if any you have to open that type of file. You can use edit to change the program that open a certain type or new type to add a certain type of file to a program. I have never used it though.
     
  5. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Hi,

    You have some serious spyware there.

    Uncheck the following in Msconfig/startup:

    TaskMonitor
    AuidioHQ
    New.net Startup
    webhancer Agent
    KBD MediaCenter
    POINTER
    Winamp Agent
    Microsoft Office Startup (if you're not using the Office Shortcut Bar)
    run=

    Click OK, close Msconfig, and reboot (important!)

    Now go to Software add/remove and remove New(dot)net application and Webhancer Agent.

    Reboot AGAIN.

    Download and install <A HREF="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/index.html">Ad-Aware</A> . This is a program which scans your system for spyware.
    After having downloaded AAW, also download the latest Signature file (Reflist.sig) : http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ls/reflist.zip

    Unpack it to the Lavasoft Ad-Aware folder in Program Files, and have it overwrite the one that's there.

    Then have your drives and registry scanned for spyware, check all found files and reg keys, click continue, and have them removed.Reboot one last time.

    Good luck,
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    As for your original problem, it's a good idea to restore the file associations for jpeg files, as DoyceJ already said.

    This is the easy way:

    · Select a jpg file by clicking once on it
    · Hold down the shift key and then right-click your mouse
    · Select "Open With" from the menu
    . Choose Iexplore

    If this doesn't work, download and run this reg file:
    http://www.aumha.org/downloads/jpgprevw.reg

    To repair your Office file associations, it's best to do the following:

    Method 1
    On the Help menu in any Office program, click Detect and Repair.

    Click Start.

    To restore program shortcuts to the Windows Start menu, make sure the Restore my shortcuts while repairing check box is selected.


    Method 2
    Double-click Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

    Double-click the Office 2000 entry listed in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box.

    Click Repair Office.
    Click either Repair errors in my Office installation, and then click Finish.

    Select the Restore my shortcuts check box again.

    Good luck,
     
  7. Chili_Palmer

    Chili_Palmer Thread Starter

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    IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!

    I cant thank all of you guys/gals enough. This site kicks arse.

    THANk you thank you thank you. My comp is running MUCH faster and all my files actually open again.

    Now i just wish i knew what everything i did was....may as well be majic from my perspective. Thank you to everyone for all the suggestions, i used them all.

    Hail all computer gurus.
    -CP

    BTW--one question from the computer semi-illiterate...what is spyware?
     
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    There are some updates to Office 2000. Go to Start/Windows Update/Microsoft Office Products Update. Follow the instructions that you see there. You will probably have to wait while the update procedure examines your Office 2000 files. If there are updates, you will need the original Office 2000 CD's. These updates fix some problems with Word 2000 and others also.

    :cool:
     
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