This is really beginning to piss me off! Whenever I try to run AdAware or Spybot, my computer won't let me. It keeps telling me that the application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. I've attempted several times to reinstall the programs (which were working at one time), but I keep getting that "application configuration is incorrect" statement.
Also, I cannot download the new version of AOL Security. It goes through the entire process and then, when it's almost (99%) complete, it says something to the effect that "we're sorry you've decided not to finish downloading AOL Security."
I've got spyware all over this damn computer and I can't seem to install and run anything that will get it fixed. I do run the AOL version of spyware removal, but it still allows all the pop-up bullshit.
This is easy. Go to the Control Panel and click on Add or Remove Programs. Once it loads select AOL and hit Remove. Restart. Call your nearest DSL or Cable provider. You should now be well on your way to happy surfing.
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Find someone with a machine that works, plug your hard drive into it and then run the software from their machine to clean it. Either that or get another hard drive formatted and install all your software, then clean the old one that way.
I've had to do this with several family members machines thanks to internet ignorance. All those handy task bars and bonzi buddies can really screw up your day.