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Programs Will Not Load

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Hello everyone. I have a serious problem right now with my desktop computer. I am using a friend's laptop at the moment to post on this forun. Here's what happened:

A little while earlier my internet connection went out which is a frequent occurence. I opened a command prompt and typed in ipconfig and released and then tried to renew my connection. The renew command simply hung there and after a few minutes I exited the command prompt, thinking that eventually it would correct itself as it usually does. I tried to open Microsoft Word to get some work done and received the following error message:

The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click OK to terminate.

I did so and then tried it again. Same error message. I tried opening another program and received, yet again, the same message.

At that point I rebooted. When my computer came back on, I would say that 98% of the start-up programs failed to initialize. I received several of those messages. I tried to open Firefox to get online to come here and it would not lot load.

My computer will boot in safe mood with Networking and in safe-mode programs will load correctly, but l cannot access the internet.

I rebooted again and chkdsk ran itself automatically. It said something was "dirty" and it removed some things and then booted normally. No change at the desktop--programs still wont load.

I've rebooted several times. At the present moment, programs will load without the error message, but the internet will not work. Task Manager doesnt have any odd looking processes running currently.

But something is very very wrong.

Any suggestions? Is it a virus? Can it be fixed? I REALLY need some help here. I'd hate to lose 3 years of data! (If indeed I do have to reformat is there anything I can do to preserve some of my files?)
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Well it certainly could be Spyware but lets try a DNS flush first
Click Start - Run, type cmd and hit enter. Now at the prompt type "ipconfig /flushdns" without quotes and hit ENTER.

try that,

Then need to download and install somehow (possible friends computer has CD burner? or you have a crossover cable to network?)

Ad-Aware SE Personal
I run this daily

SpywareBlaster 3.5.1
I update once a week (keeps bad pages with known malware that cold cause damage from being displayed.)

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Daily or every other day

This is one I only use once a week or month lol but good to have

AVG Anti-Spyware


A list of bad spyware programs
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites

Download and update (update is very important before you scan) boot into safe mode (You do not need to boot into safe mode every time to run programs. Some malware cannot be fully removed or detected unless you are in Safemode, This is why I recommend running it the first time in safe mode then perhaps once a month in safe mode)

With some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.

Scan the computer,
1. From the Windows Start menu, go to Turn off computer and click Restart.
2. As the computer restarts, watch for a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. press F8 about once every second.
3. Immediately press F8 before the progress bar reaches the right side of the screen.
4. From the Windows Start-up menu, highlight Safe Mode and press Enter.
5. Wait for your desktop to appear, and then make the necessary repairs (for example, install programs or devices).
6. When the repairs are done, restart the computer, and allow it to boot normally.


1. From the Windows Start menu, click Run.
2. In the Open field, type MSCONFIG and click Ok.
3. On the BOOT.INI tab, check /SAFEBOOT.
4. Click Restart when prompted.
(if you use this option make sure you change the boot back to normal after finished)
Boot backup into Normal mode, download
CodeStuff Starter manage your startup programs

Disable all startup programs that you "do not" need running at startup.

And finaly

HijackThis Quick Start
(left side by flashing green light)
Download run and post the log here in the forum.
Then somebody will come along to tell you what to do, be patient takes time.
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MoneyAddyct said:
Not possible. I've had System Restore turned off for quite a while now....Do you see signs of serious infection? Even though my computer seems to be operating okay right now, do you think it'll continue (especially if I re-boot)?
The guys who have a yellow shield next to their name are the ones who are allowed to answer that question. You can find them over in the security section of the forum. kind of a rule in the forum.
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