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Unable to use the Search function in XPSP2


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"A file that is required to run search companion cannot be found. You may need to run setup." is the meesage.

I'm not really interested in using the companion (the little animated creatures), and am aware of how to turn it off. My problem is that I am unable to search at all. I have located this exact message at Microsoft's support site, but none of the suggested fixes seem to work. I had several issues with spyware in the last few days, but posted in the appropriate forum for those issues, and seem to have them resolved. I think in cleaning the system of spyware, I must have removed some necessary files. There are other little problems that indicate something important got deleted or modified. For instance, when I go to open Word, the installer opens, and asks for the CD, which was never needed before yesterday. Please help....I'm at a loss of where to go & what to do next. Oh......by the way...I reinstalled SP2.....no help. THanks
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http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

try the above
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Sorry...I forgot to mention that I tried that as well. THe install went well, but it was no help.
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how about a link to what you tried so I don't waste time covering old ground
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Sorry about that. THe only other thing I did was run TweakNow REgCleaner. It found some things that needed to be (and were safe to be) deleted. It didn't help.
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I have located this exact message at Microsoft's support site, but none of the suggested fixes seem to work

what pages?
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http://support.micro...kb;en-us;319949
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