to begin with;
1] What was the adware problem and how did you correct it? If it was solved by using Ad-Aware SE, then the problem could still be quarantined in Ad-aware's quarantine section. You can restore it fromt there and see if that solves the problem.
2] If not, try restoring to a date when your email was working. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Restore.
Good luck and let us know how you get on.
I have just corrected an adware problem on my computer. Now Outlook Express tells me (when I try to send an e-mail) that I must install Picture It. After clicking on "cancel" several times, it WILL send my e-mail. This is so frustrating and Microsoft's site and suggestions are too complicated for this mediocre savvy computer person.