lots failing 'encountered a problem and needs to

  awest3 21:39 13 Mar 09

can anyone tell me what ie7, avast, spybot, belarc advisor, drivermax, revo installer and ccleaner (plus a few others) have in common? they are all failing on my cousins xp sp3 machine with 'encountered a problem and needs to close', Various modules seem to be at fault in the detail but all seem to be trying to connect through ie7 to the internet...

there are some forums which suggest that changes should be made in IE7 tools....which is a bit of a problem as I can't get into ie7 (so cant download it to reinstall etc)...some programs which do their own updates seem to be ok and can connect to the internet no problem..

  awest3 21:39 13 Mar 09

should have mentioned I've run malwarebytes and no issues found.

  awest3 21:44 13 Mar 09

sorry mis information...spybot is one of the programs which downloads updates and runs ok...just doing a check with it now..

  awest3 21:51 13 Mar 09

none of the help functions seem to be working either

  awest3 22:03 13 Mar 09

nor system restore...nor in safe mode..

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