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    Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    Help! My system seems to have developed a bizarre quirk over the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping someone here can give me some guidance.

    Every time I start my system, it prompts me that changes have been made to the normal.dot template and do I want to save the changes. If I do, and then start Word, and go into the VBA editor, it will have dropped a new module named Module 2 (or Module 3 if 2 exists). I thought it might be a flakey normal.dot, so once I was out of Word, I renamed normal.dot to normal.bak. I then re-booted the system, without opening Word in the meantime, and I receive the same message. I'm running up to date virus software and it scans everything without complaining.

    I thank you in advance for your consideration of this strangeness.

    Greg Ward

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    Re: Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    Have you installed any software that loads an add-in into Word? If you check your Templates and Add-ins dialog, you can see the templates that might automatically load at start-up. There are several threads here on the Word board about how to start up "clean," including the following "general test":

    Close Word.
    Click the Windows Start button, Run..., type winword.exe /a and press Enter.

    If you don't get the error, and you've already ruled out a problem with Normal.dot (note, there might be more than one Normal.dot), then it would be logical to suspect the add-ins. Or perhaps even a weird shortcut.

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    Re: Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    AV software can detect only known viri.

    I doubt that any 3rd party add-in would be adding a module named "moduleN" to Normal.
    I would guess thiat it's a vrus.

    Have you looked at the code in the module?
    P.S.: It would not be a good idea to post the code here, as that might encourage copycats, if it is indeed a virus.

    P.P.S. The lounge should have a stated policy on not posting suspected viri.

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    Re: Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    Hello, Jefferson

    Thank you! It appears OmniPage 11.0 (which was installed about a month ago) is loading an ocr-aware routine on start-up and shut-down. It doesn't show up in the templates/add-ins as OmniPage 9.0 did, but seems to be executing opware32.exe and an API call. I think it may be a little quirky, and I've just noticed a large patch on the ScanSoft website. I'll try applying the patch and see what happens.

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    Re: Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    Howard
    Thank-you for your suggestions. There was no code in the new modules being created, but when I started with a clean normal.dot, the code appeared in module 1. As I said in my reply to jscher2000, I'm sure OmniPage is the culprit. Thanks again for taking the time to asssist with my problem.
    Greg

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    Re: Odd normal.dot behaviour (Word 97 SR-2, Win 95)

    Would not surprise me if a commercial product produced such an incompetent add-in.
    However, you need to examine the code CAREFULLY.

    Bitch, holler, and moan to OmniPage, and in a newsgroup that gives the issue wide exposure.
    I expect that you will find allies, if OmniPage is the culprit.

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