The run time mystery please help.....!!!!

I'm plauged by PassWorld,a simple(!?) freeware program that I can't get rid of.

This password program had only two files, the passworld.exe and pass.ocx which I registered. I ran the .exe only to find it written entirely in Italian. I unregistered the .ocx, then deleted both it and the .exe. I searched the registry and deleted the only thing located under "passworld" which was the VB software key.

After rebooting it reappears! and e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y pops up an error message;
Run-time error '13': Mismatch type

PLUS the registry key has been rewritten.

Any VB experts out there you can refer me onto to stop this action.

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running P-II-300, WIN98(1), 128m, 6gb HDx2

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HazeCommented:
it might have soething to do with the regestry.  You may have deleted it,but the information inside your window registry still remains...
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MTroutwineCommented:
Have you looked at what is listed in your 'StartUp' folder.  Did it add an entry there that is trying to execute when you start the O/S but since the *.ocx is missing cannot run?
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MTroutwineCommented:
One last thing to mention, since it is rewriting itself in the registry, do a search in the registry for 'Run'.  It is possible that something was placed in a 'Run' key in the registry and is re-updating it when it runs.
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MTroutwineCommented:
Have you looked at what is listed in your 'StartUp' folder.  Did it add an entry there that is trying to execute when you start the O/S but since the *.ocx is missing cannot run?
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mmipsCommented:
Try removing the offending exe and ocx then use a utility like regClean...If that doesn't work then use regedit and do a find for the exe name and ocx under al keys and values and delete them manually.
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cantrellCommented:
Check under this registery key and see if the program is listed in there. If so, remove it.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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ankkyAuthor Commented:
Thanx Cantrell
 but i have already tried that....
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ankkyAuthor Commented:
Thanx Cantrell
 but i have already tried that....
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cantrellCommented:
There are only two other places it can possibly be then.

1) The startup group.
or
2) in the 'WIN.INI' beside 'Run=' or 'Load='

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EDDYKTCommented:
Also check the services.
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cantrellCommented:
Yes, in the same place as above in the registery, but the key is 'RunServices' instead of 'Run'
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ankkyAuthor Commented:
-Yes, as I noted above I've checked for the culprit in Startup HKLM/Run HKCU/Run Services Run Once

The WIN.INI is another good suggestion that I would have overlooked if were not for using Norton's Regedit that allows for a search in the regestry and the .INI files. There's nothing there.

I bought Mijenix's FIX-IT (a Norton Utilities, Nuts n' Bolts, type super diagnostic) 11-99 update but in running the various elements I was unable to track down this regenerating program PassWorld.
In two long talks with their friendly tech support they've exhausted what they know for me to try.

What is interesting (annoying) is my thought to remove MS' VB 5 and 6 runtimes packages, then clean the registry, reboot and see if my monster is gone for good, (if yes, then re-install the VB packages). However, neither Mijenix nor I know how to do this since those files can't be located in the registry (!?).

If you understood what I want to TRY do you have any suggestions or other thoughts?

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raulopezCommented:
As I can see, you have experience with Norton software.

I suggest you to re-install the program monitoring it with Norton Cleansweep.
All changes made in your computer will be saved.

Then uninstall the program with Cleansweep and all files and changes mades in your registry, including relationships with other entries, will be deleted.
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nightlinerCommented:
You can download regmonitor from www.sysinternals.com this is a freeware product and with this program you can check out where the call is going to in the registry. I use the program alot and it solved almost all my registry problems.
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