I'm new to MS Forums and would very much appreciate your help.

When starting Word 2003 a Visual C++ dialog box pops up and displays the following text: This application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information.

Word has been running slow lately, and now it's inoperable. I have McAfee VirusScan & Firewall (along with a hardware firewall) and scan several times per week; McAfee has seen no viruses or worms. I scan several times per week with AdAware, SpyBot, and MS Antispyware; also, no spyware detected.

Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Access all run fine.

I've repaired, uninstalled, and reinstalled Office Pro 2003 and Win XP Pro on my Dell Dimension 8400. I've also run the trial version of Registry Mechanic 5.0.

Thanks for your advice,