Yes, thanks Ditch999, I did know about the upheaval and I have the latest versions of ZA and AVG, proof against the MS update. They had been working perfectly normally prior to downloading Open Office. That was the only change before the trouble started. Any ideas?
If, by any change, OO has caused this, uninstalling may not solve the problem as your machine may "remember" that OO was there. Much better to do a System Restore or, better still, a re-install from backup.
A point in OO's favour, I've used and installed it a number of times and it has never caused anything like that.
Hi €dstowe, I was hoping that wouldn't happen because I religiously use CCleaner to clear out all the registry issues and conflicts when I have uninstalled software and I've only a week ago done an XP reinstall from disc with all the upheaval that causes. It is the first time I've tried OO after using Office 97 for years and that's why I thought that the changes were down to it. However, that's two of you saying it's unlikely so I'll look elsewhere. Thank you both.