System: Pentium, 4.3gb, Win98SE, Ms Office, IE6, and other software bits
Situation: what I have is a Hijackthis.exe that loads, lists, and then stops. Items needing fixing or deleting cannot be checked off.
History: Prior to loading Adaware and Spyblaster, Hijack worked fine. In fact it was the response to a Hijack log that I submitted that prompted me to download those two additional items. Yes, they work, although Spyblaster or SeeknClean, not sure which, likes to remove one file that Adaware thinks is important to it. I can watch for that manually so that is not a significant problem. No, SeeknClean is not the problem as it got along with hijack this prior to this problem occurring.
Analysis: What I think has happened is that one of those two, Ad-a or Spy-b, has removed a file that hijack needs to function properly and won't let hijack replace it because one of them possibly views it as some type of malware, trojan,or virus.
Actions taken to date: I have tried deleting Hijack and reloading from two different sources; no luck.
I have tried contacting the author of hijack but my registration for his site has not come through yet.
I have run Adaware using the deep scan cycle, which I might add, took several hours and investigated more "objects" than I ever dreamed existed on my hard drive.
I have not tried to remove Adaware or spyblaster but, if all else fails that may prove to be the last resort.
Question: Could the missing file possibly be located in the quarantine file of Adaware?
Assuming it still exists, can I retrieve it from exile and if so where should it be re-installed?
Is it possible that the problem is a matter of protocol, i.e. who goes first on the list of files written to C:?
Should Hijack be located in the Program files or in its own folder or in the Windows folder?
Any questions, suggestions or possible options I can pursue would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.