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Hello Experts.  I have a computer that had Microsoft Office 97.  Beginning yesterday, when I try to open Excel I get the "install popup" that says it is trying to install Front Page.  Of course the CD isn't in the drive, so it doesn't install.  After some investigation, I noticed that Add/Remove programs shows the only Office Suite installed is "Microsoft Office XP with Front Page"--which I have never installed on this machine.  I suspect a virus, but have not found it yet.  I am would like to know if I uninstall the "Office XP" if the 97 version will be there...or what will happen?  I've also contlipated doing a restore (although I don't particularly like using System Restore).  Any ideas, suggestions, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Thanks Terry.  However, I am about 99% sure that Office XP was never installed.  This machine actually belongs to my father & he won't even do an update to Adobe Reader without calling me first.  Also, the event logs, or System Restore Checkpoints show no indication of an update or install.  There is always that 1% chance though.  Thanks for the suggestions!
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I noticed that the shortcut to Excel has the "Target" section greyed out...if that helps any.
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Solved...Thanks for the suggestions.  I completed a Detect & repair on office and restored original shortcuts.  That seemed to fix the problem.
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