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A computer at work has recently encountered this problem.  The message appears at startup and also when trying to run any applications.  I have scanned the hard drive for viruses and have encountered no problems.  I cannot run regedit, etc. The message just keeps appearing and nothing runs on the machine.  I have tried safe mode, same problem.  Can anyone help me?

The computer is networked and also has broadband connection
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This sounds like a uninstall app designed to remove an application.

Usually found in the applications folder or the windows folder.

However if no applications are running the problem sounds more serious.  From your description something is being called on startup, possible something in registry, or win.ini file or the Startup folder.

Assuming nothing is running such as applications I'd suggest a new install and be careful of what you install.  Something you installed and removed has done the dirty on you and I suspect done a mass deletion.
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It sounds to me like a virus/trojan/worm/malware of some sort has modified the Registry keys for .exe files.  There are a number of viruses that mess up the Registry data for running executable (.exe) files, so this can cause nothing to happen when you double click an .exe file in My Computer or try to execute one by putting the name in the Run dialog box off the Start Menu.  Various authors have come up with .reg (Registry) files to restore the proper contents.

You would need to download the .reg file to someplace convenient where you can access it, such as your Desktop or a bootable floppy diskette (a Windows startup disk or bootdisk would be perfect), then double click it to merge the contents into the Registry and reboot the computer.

For Windows 9x/ME, the corresponding registry fix is here:

http://www2.cajun.net/~theriots/blk/regs_edits/exe_fix.reg
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It's also possible there was a program uninstalled recently, and the uninstall program left a shortcut in the startup group or run keys after it deleted itself. That's the first thing I'd check.  
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It needs PAQing one way or t'other.

Two or three way split or PAQ and no refund.
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I agree.
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