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When you start Windows 98, you may receive the following error message:
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Fatal Exception 0028 in VXD HELPWGRD
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This behavior can occur if the Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus program is installed on your computer. The Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus program is not compatible with Windows 98.
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To resolve this issue, contact Dr. Solomon's to inquire about the availability of a version of the Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus program that is compatible with Windows 98.
To work around this issue, use the appropriate method:
Uninstall Dr. Solomon's Anti-VirusIf you are able to start Windows 98, uninstall Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus. If Windows 98 does not start normally, try to start it in Safe mode. To start Windows 98 in Safe mode, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key until the Windows 98 Startup menu appears, and then choose Safe Mode. To uninstall the Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus program:
Rename the Helpwgrd.vxd FileIf you are unable to start Windows 98, rename the Helpwgrd.vxd file. To do so:
If you receive this error message, there may be references to the Helpwgrd.vxd file in either the [386enh] section of the System.ini file or the Registry. To remove these references:
Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows...
If Windows 98 Setup detects that Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus is running, Setup unloads Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus from memory and disables it so that it does not run when Windows 98 starts. If Setup is unable to detect that Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus is running, the error message can occur when you attempt to create an Emergency Boot Disk during Setup.
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