I have found that some programs have begin to exhibit this behavior when I try to open them: The program appears to open momentarily and then closes immediately. In some cases, there is a variant behavior, the program opens and immediately displays an introductory dialog box asking me to make a choice. Once I make that choice, both the dialog box and the program itself terminate. Many other programs on the same computer do not exhibit this behavior, but run properly.
So far, I have identified this behavior in 4 separate programs:
Microsoft Publisher (from Microsoft Office 2000) (the variant behavior- opens a dialog then closes when a choice has been made)
Version 6 of the Delphi programming language (closes immediately after opening)
Screenhunter -- a screen capture utility (closes immediately after opening)
Open office (displays a dialog asking which office product is desired but closes as soon as one is chosen).
Until recently, I have used all of these products for years on this same system without difficulty.
After experiencing this problem and not finding a solution, I re-imaged my main hard drive with an image that was created over a month ago -- before the problem surfaced. After re-imaging, I tested each of these programs and the problem was no longer there. This was a few days ago. But the problem has now occurred again.
My system uses the Norton security suite for virus/spyware protection and firewall. (Temporarily disabling the protection did not allow the affected programs to open.)
I would appreciate any suggestions as to how best to resolve or troubleshoot this problem. (I have tried deleting and then reinstalling some of the problem programs but this does not help.)