Compaq helped me. They sent me an EXE fix . I just click the item and it added or repaired (dont know which) a regristry key. All my programs work good as new again. I have provided the file so you may help others with the same problem. It only works with XP though.
THANK YOU!!! This repaired my problem - after I got the XP Guardian 2010 virus on my daughters old computer. Saved me a ton. Thanks again!