You receive a "Word failed to start correctly last time" error message when you start Word 2007, Word 2003, or Word 2002

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to start Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2002, the program does not fully start, and then it stops responding (hangs). If you end the task or restart your computer, and then you try to start Word, you receive the following error message:
Word failed to start correctly last time. Starting Word in safe mode will help you correct or isolate a startup problem to successfully start the program. Some functionality may be disabled in this mode.

Do you want to start Word in safe mode?
Note When you restart your computer, you may also receive the following error message:
Virus Scan Synchronization service has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

CAUSE

This issue may occur after you update your installation of McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 7.0.

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, remove McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 7.0. from your computer. Then, reinstall McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 7.0.

For help when you remove or reinstall McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 7.0, contact McAfee technical support.

To contact McAfee technical support, visit the following McAfee Web site:
http://service.mcafee.com/Default.aspx
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

MORE INFORMATION

For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-us

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Article ID: 888950 - Last Review: January 5, 2012 - Revision: 7.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2002
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