I attempted to run AdAware again, per your directions, with no success. The ONLY time I have been able to run AdAware since all of this started is by doing the following...
*reboot into safe mode
*using add/remove programs uninstall AdAware
*verify there are NO Lavasoft folders or files left by doing a "find folders or files" search and deleting any if such are found
*re-installing AdAware using a recent backup copy of 1.06 stored in MY DOCS
*upon completion of the installation I uncheck the options to "search for updates NOW", and "run helps files NOW" and leave the "run AdAware scan NOW" option checked
AdAware then runs a scan using the definitions that are included with the copy of 1.06 I have (May 2005). Any attempt to run AdAware again after that initial scan results in the program to stop responding during the "Loading Definitions" portion of it opening. Ctrl+Alt+delete= [AdAware SE Not Responding]
As for Firefox, again... any attempt to use any option in the tool bar such as navigation to a previously viewed website using the history, or attempting to access the security settings using TOOLS/OPTIONS/SECURITY, or trying to surf the web to any where else but the designated homepage will result in the program no longer responding (as shown by doing a Ctrl+Alt+Delete). To cure this I have unistalled and re-installed the program numerous times, in both safe and normal modes, and doing a file/folder search for any remaining files or folders and deleting them. This has produced no positive results.
I hope I have been as detailed as possible in providing you the information you require to aid me in fixing these issues.
I just have this gut feeling that something in the way of a file or regestry entry is missing causing these two programs to stop functioning... but I simply do not know.
Bob the builder