FIX: Copy and past is not working.
I received a request for help via email yesterday. It said:
"The PC @ my parish office has decided to mess up. Copy and Paste are not working. It all started last week on Friday – not sure why. AV is up to date. The Paste option is greyed out on many menus."
I have not seen this problem for years, certainly not since the days of WindowsME. In this case it was a Windows XP machine that was affected. The traditional fix, running the command "regsvr32 ole32.dll" (without quotes), did not work. So, I tapped into the MVP-Borg collective and found a fix (thanks Bill Castner) which was to run Ramesh Srinivasan's "IEFIX":
Be warned though, apparently there has been a run of machines exhibiting the copy and paste problem which have been infected by a particular malware called "advertmen", which installs a DLL called "pushow**.dll" (where * = a random number).
Info about advertmen here: