No one program can pick up all the malware out there. To be on the safe side and to be sure it is not malware affecting Word, please Please go to the Malware section
of this forum and follow the instructions at the top. Especially the Click Here
link. That will give you several steps that will help you clean up most of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the cleanup process you are still having difficulty, and you may not be, then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.
Please be patient as the "Malware Forum" is a very busy place and a two or three day wait is not unusual.
If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the Malware Section, please return to this thread. Please do not post a HiJackThis log in this thread unless asked to do so and then only as an attachment.
To attach log, when requested, either change the .log extension to .txt, or put the log into a compressed (zipped) folder.
Please post back if your problem has been solved.
Since you have run detect and repair and totally uninstalled/reinstalled Word plus all the other suggestions (see your post #5), then it's time to try a more thorough method.
1) Try turning off the Grammar check and see if selections remain after pressing F7.
2) In one of your saved/new documents, select a misspelled word that is not recognized as such. Then check the language settings under Tools > Language > Set Language. Unchecked the option for "do not check spelling or grammar". See if F7 functions normally.
3)The problem may be in the Registry, of which you would need to make a backup before attempting this:
Proofing Tools folders in your Registry: Go to your Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Shared Tools\ Proofing Tools (in Windows XP this folder is found in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Shared Tools\ Proofing Tools). In this Proofing Tools folder, you will see four subfolders: Grammar, Hyphenation, Spelling, and Thesaurus. Just delete the folder that is causing problems and relaunch Word and it should create a new one for you.
Those are all the ideas I have right now.
Saw your post on CastleCops
Edited by Major Payne, 20 September 2007 - 09:18 PM.