Error reading initialization file



Hi. I get this error in the installation: "Error reading initialization file".
what is the problem? Thanks for the help.


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You may need to delete the MSAS folder in program files and run a registry
cleaner like Ccleaner after removing it from add/remove screen to fully
remove all traces of MS Antispy if it is a damaged installatiºn.

Before doing that it may be a good idea to run a couple of other scanners to
be sure there isnt malware problem's on the pc

Can you try these :

Ewido Security Suite:

Download Ewido scan

*When installing, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background
guard" and "Install scan via context menu".
*Run Ewido. From the main ewido screen, click on update in the left menu,
then click the Start update buttºn.
*After the update finishes (the status bar at the bottom will display
"Update successful")

Now scan with Ewido. Click on the Scanner button in the left menu, then
click on Complete System Scan. This scan can take quite a while to run.

Once its started scanning it will display an alert window when it finds any
infected files, when you see this first alert check the boxes "Perform action
with all infections" and "Create encrypted backup" before clicking on ºk

When the scan finishes, If ewido finds anything in the scan click on "Save
Report". This will create a text file. Save to desktop or c:drive incase you
need to post it back.

Next run the Housecall online virus scan located at:

Follow the prompts to scan your hard drive for viruses. Select the
"Autoclean" option so that Housecall will remove any viruses from your system.
When the scan is finished, please restart your cºmputer

If that fails to help things let us know and we can try fully removing MSAS
and all its files/folders & Registry entries then do a fresh instªll.

Just incase the scans are clear here's tips on fully removing MS Antispy and
performing a fresh instªll:

1. Goto Start Menu then Add/Remove Progrªms

Select Microsoft Antispyware and press Remºve

2. Goto C:/drive > Program Files and delete the MSAS fºlder

3. Goto Start Menu then search and select all files and folder's Search for
these files and delete them (They will be in system32)


4. Download and install Ccleªner

Open Ccleaner and press "Run Cleaner" from the menu choose 'Issues' and then
press scan for issues, Repair any fºund.


Then Visit Microsoft's site and reinstall MS Antispy:

Try downloading via a different ISP, if possible. Do save it, and then run
the saved file.

While I posting Ewido does say its a 14 day free trial but it still works
fine after the trial has expired, All it does after the 14 days is stop the
real time protection and auto updates but I never advise that to be enabled
at setup anyway as it can interfere with other real time protection programs
plus the updates can be done manually anytime you wish so it may be usefull
to keep it incase you need to use it again in the future.

You are saving the file locally before running it? I know this seems inane,
since otherwise it is simply run from the TIF, but it seems to make a


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