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DLL load failed on Win98

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I've searched through the FAQ, documentation and archives -- if I've missed something, a point in the right direction would be great.

Does ClamWin require some component of IE to work? I have old PCs that run pretty well with Win98SE-lite ( which is Win98SE with IE removed (I notice ClamWin does not list Win95). The other free AV progs I've tried have all changed now to require IE -- and I'm trying to live a IE-free life. I install ClamWin but it does not do the automatic update thing I think it's supposed to during the install. When I try to run it after install it dies without a message. I looked for a log file and found the following:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 34, in ?
File "Config.pyo", line 27, in ?
File "Utils.pyo", line 30, in ?
File "win32com\shell\shell.pyo", line 9, in ?
File "win32com\shell\shell.pyo", line 7, in __load
ImportError: DLL load failed: A device attached to the system is not functioning.

How do I find out which DLL failed to load???

I have a work laptop with Win2k, ClamWin installed and works fine, so at least I know what is supposed to happen and that it's not a network problem or anything like that.

I notice that Cygwin does support Win95, so I presume that it doesn't require any IE-bits -- so I was hoping that ClamWin would work too since it uses Cygwin (if I'm not mistaken).


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ClamWin uses the Win32com python extension, which seems to use some DLLs that are shipped with Internet Explorer and other big MS packages. Specific info on this can be found on, under the COM related errors.

Mark Hammond (the developer of win32com) also has his email on that site, i'm sure he can give you the details on specific DLLs you need.

Other than that, i have no knowledge of IE-dependencies in ClamWin, but i must say i do not know the code thoroughly enough to be 100 % sure.
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