AVG bootup scanner hangs during initialize

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AVG Free, Win98SE. It has started recently, possibly when version 6 was
upgraded to 7.1. It displays Initialise AVG Bootup Scanner,  Loading....
and hangs. I have to pres Cntrl, Alt, Del and then, on a second go, it goes
through the scan and PC starts. Any ideas what is going on and how to fix

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