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Internet Explorer Script Error when opening Add/Remove Programs

When I try and open Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel I get the message "Internet Explorer Script Error" ..An error has occured in the script on this page. I have manually got to the IE install/repair box and tried repairing IE - but no joy. I have also tried the utility IEfix.exe - but this asks for IEXPLORE.EXE ... which doesn't appear on my recovery disc. Thanks in anticipation. Jake
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Also have a problem when I try to open up Printer properties - but other options in Control Panel/Settings seem OK
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
You may be affected by spyware or Virus run a full virus scan and also spyware scan.
http://www.sureshotsoftware.com/articles/scripterrors.html?source=stpfaq
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFAQ.htm

look for the below..

"Remove IE Restrictions & Restore Missing tabs". Download the REG fix and double-click it:

This problem can also be caused by parasites. Download Ad-Aware from www.lavasoftusa.com, scan the system and eliminate the parasites. Re-apply the above fix if necessary. Don't forget to update the pattern file using WebUpdate in Ad-Aware. Here are the steps:

    1. Start Ad-Aware.
    2. Click "Check for Updates", "Connect" and download the latest pattern file if available. and click Finish
    3. Click "Start" "Next"
    4. After the scan is finished, click "Next"
    5. Select all the items (checkboxes)
        Right click on any object in the "Scan result" list and choose [Select all objects]
    6. Click Next and click OK to confirm removal.

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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input. I've run up-to-date versions of Adware, Spyscanware, Norton Antivirus and Spyware Doctor in both Normal and Safe Mode - but, sadly, no joy. I've tried to download the REG ... but, on this machine (i.e. the faulty one) all I get is a text file when I double-click on it (I've downloaded by right-clicking and "save target as") .... is this significant. regards, Jake.
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Have you tried SPYBOT S&D I rate this very hightly...
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Thanks .... but, I have also tried Spybot ...... and again, no joy
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Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:
Ok the regfile should automatically enter the information to the Registry.
Make sure you have admin rights...
Then associate the so called Text file that you have downloded with Regedit, then double click it, for some reason.reg is associated it with notepad.
Then try again..
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I didn't get back to you yesterday .... out of the office all day. Currently trying your idea - but having problems logging on as Administrator - When I log out of the current user and try to log on as Administrator I keep getting an error message "CTEaxSpl" with an option to click OK .... which does nothing except make the machine crash. From reading/talking elsewhere, I think your virus idea is correct - so also attacking problem on this front trying different anti-viral software. Thanks again, and any further suggestions gratefully received. Jake.
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Still up against the brick wall. The current user does have admin rights - but when I try and associate the download file with Regedit .......... I can't find from the list of options when I right-click on "Properties" and then click "Change" followed by "open with"
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
All six spyware/virus packages also draw a blank
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jake_bernardAuthor Commented:
Problem solved ....... But have I been round the houses on this one. Whether the original problem was 'viral' or not I don't know. It seems to have hit a lot of people that have Win2000 with service pack 4. Either way, the problem is due to some corruption in the registry

The  solution, for me, was to repair the Windows installation with the Windows 2000 CD. Skip over the first Repair option (this had no effect) and continue to install Windows 2000, select to install it in the original directory. you will then be asked if you want to install a fresh copy or repair the original installation. Select repair. You will lose your SPs and Hotfixes but it should keep all your programs and their registry entries, with the exception of MS Office. (It won't work at all after this. You also won't be able to uninstall or reinstall Office.) To fix the Office problem you'll need to download 'Windows Installer Clean Up' to remove the old Office installation entries in order to reinstall Office.

Thanks to someone called Tarkus for this information. If you're on EE let me know and you can have the points.  Jake
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Wayne BarronCommented:
No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned..
I will leave the following recommendation for this question in the Cleanup topic area:
[Accept: jake_bernard] (Accept: Comment made on http:Q_21400981.html#13893671 as Answer)

Any objections should be posted here in the next 4 days. After that time, the question will be closed.

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Computer101Commented:
PAQed with points refunded (250)

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