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Pop-up boxes at windows startup

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My problem is as follows:

When windows starts, a pop-up box (Title: exployer) appears stating 'this program has caused an illegal operation and must be shut down' The box contains two buttons - Close and Details. When you click on Details the following info is displayed:

EXPLORER caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 0000:61b85cf6.
EAX=0042bf62 CS=0167 EIP=61b85cf6 EFLGS=00010217
EBX=81906574 SS=016f ESP=0080ff88 EBP=0080ff98
ECX=c1906370 DS=016f ESI=0042b9f3 FS=262f
EDX=819065d4 ES=016f EDI=819078f0 GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:

When you click Close, the box disappears for a second but reappears again instantaneously. Clicking Close repeatedly on each box that pops up eventually causes the boxes to disappear.

Any thoughts on how I can get rid of these boxes or what might be causing them?
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This will rebuild rather than restore the registry and also replace missing or corrupt system files

Boot the PC and keep tapping F8 right after the beep until you get options, select command prompt only, type scanreg.exe /fix then press enter, it will run through a few screens then say registry repaired. Press enter then press ctrl + alt + delete keys together to reboot.

When it has loaded, click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools, system information, tools then run system file checker and replace any files it asks for from the 98SE CD then reboot.
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