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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.
I am now getting a window coming up saying:
'The application was unable to start correctly (0xC0000142)'
when I run almost any program. A second click brings that program up normally.
My searches on this error number imply that there might be something wrong with the registry, but I do not want to run any kind of registry cleaner until I am sure that is where the problem is.
My scans for malware have not turned up anything.
If it is the registry what should I use?
If it isn't, where do I go from here?

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Last Post by Qurbani
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Usually this error is to do with DLL initialisation. Have you tried inserting your Windows DVD and running System File Checker?

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Try what W1NDOW5 said. Alternatively, you can always download a registry cleaner. Or you can use the windows 7 installation disk, insert it. Go to start and select run and type cmd. When DOS prompt shows, type sfc/scannow

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Try what W1NDOW5 said. Alternatively, you can always download a registry cleaner. Or you can use the windows 7 installation disk, insert it. Go to start and select run and type cmd. When DOS prompt shows, type sfc/scannow

Thanks for that, if you're trying to find a decent registry cleaner Piriform's CCleaner has always worked for me. Do what jingda said to run the system file checker.

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Ok, come back with results ASAP

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A very good friend has warned me not to run any registry cleaner, under any conditions whatsoever!
I've looked at what CCleaner says in it's Registry cleaner mode, and I can't see anything general enough to cause the kind of problem.
The types of error break down into the following categories
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ActiveX/COM Issue
Installer Reference Issue (mostly Microsoft Silverlight)
Invalid or empty file class
Missing Shared DLL (mostly Microsoft.NET/Framework)
Missing TypeLib reference
Obsolete software key
Unused File extension
Unused registry key
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so how does that help me with my problem?

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Just clean it and see if it helps. If no then let us know.

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Also can you give us a HijackThis log? This could point to any issues with your system at all.

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Well. how about that for a bust. I ran CCleaner's registry fix and the error came up after HijackThis ran and tried to open Notepad to show the results!

I have renamed the log file as txt and attached it to this post (it does go on a bit!)

Attachments
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 20:04:37, on 21/08/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Security\Current\Framework\WRTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nikon\Monitor\NkMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Preton\PretonSaver\PretonClient.exe
C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\WinPatrol.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Virgin Media\Service Manager\ServiceManager.exe
C:\ProgramData\LavaGuard Browsing Protection\lavaguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows iLivid Toolbar\Datamngr\datamngrUI.exe
C:\Program Files\ThreatFire\TFTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IDMan.exe
C:\Program Files\Second Copy 8\SecCopy.exe
C:\Program Files\DU Meter\DUMeter.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\CursorFX\CursorFX.exe
C:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSafelyRemove.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\PrintKey2000\Printkey2000.exe
C:\Program Files\TaskmgrPro\TaskmgrPro.exe
C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\psi_tray.exe
C:\Users\norman\AppData\Roaming\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe
C:\Program Files\FreeMeter\FreeMeter.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvtray.exe
C:\IDrive\IDriveETray.exe
C:\IDrive\IDriveEBackground.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IEMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\FireTrust\MailWasher\MailWasherPro.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\Windows\System32\msdt.exe
C:\Windows\System32\sdiagnhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://search.babylon.com/home
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = 
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = 
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = 
R3 - URLSearchHook: NCH EN Toolbar - {37483b40-c254-4a72-bda4-22ee90182c1e} - C:\Program Files\NCH_EN\prxtbNCH_.dll
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {a1e75a0e-4397-4ba8-bb50-e19fb66890f4} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: IDM Helper - {0055C089-8582-441B-A0BF-17B458C2A3A8} - C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IDMIECC.dll
O2 - BHO: HP Print Enhancer - {0347C33E-8762-4905-BF09-768834316C61} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_printenhancer.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: NCH EN - {37483b40-c254-4a72-bda4-22ee90182c1e} - C:\Program Files\NCH_EN\prxtbNCH_.dll
O2 - BHO: ExplorerBHO Class - {449D0D6E-2412-4E61-B68F-1CB625CD9E52} - C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicExplorer32.dll
O2 - BHO: LavaGuard Toolbar - {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c} - C:\Program Files\lavaguardtb\lavaguardDx.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Searchqu Toolbar - {99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} - C:\PROGRA~1\WI3C8A~1\Datamngr\ToolBar\searchqudtx.dll
O2 - BHO: Loader Class - {9D717F81-9148-4f12-8568-69135F087DB0} - C:\PROGRA~1\WI3C8A~1\Datamngr\BROWSE~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: HP Smart BHO Class - {FFFFFFFF-CF4E-4F2B-BDC2-0E72E116A856} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Classic Explorer Bar - {553891B7-A0D5-4526-BE18-D3CE461D6310} - C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicExplorer32.dll
O3 - Toolbar: NCH EN Toolbar - {37483b40-c254-4a72-bda4-22ee90182c1e} - C:\Program Files\NCH_EN\prxtbNCH_.dll
O3 - Toolbar: LavaGuard Toolbar - {6c97a91e-4524-4019-86af-2aa2d567bf5c} - C:\Program Files\lavaguardtb\lavaguardDx.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Searchqu Toolbar - {99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} - C:\PROGRA~1\WI3C8A~1\Datamngr\ToolBar\searchqudtx.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] "SOUNDMAN.EXE"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [00PCTFW] "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe" -s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WebrootTrayApp] "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Security\Current\Framework\WRTray.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Nikon Transfer Monitor] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nikon\Monitor\NkMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PretonClient] "C:\Program Files\Preton\PretonSaver\PretonClient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinPatrol] "C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\winpatrol.exe" -expressboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ServiceManager.exe] "C:\Program Files\Virgin Media\Service Manager\ServiceManager.exe" /AUTORUN
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpqSRMon] "C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSRMon.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LavaGuard Browsing Protection] "C:\ProgramData\LavaGuard Browsing Protection\lavaguard.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DATAMNGR] "C:\PROGRA~1\WI3C8A~1\Datamngr\DATAMN~1.EXE"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ashampoo HDD Control Guard] "C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo HDD Control\HDDControlGuard.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ThreatFire] "C:\Program Files\ThreatFire\TFTray.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [IDMan] "C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IDMan.exe" /onboot
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Second Copy] "C:\Program Files\Second Copy 8\SecCopy.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DU Meter] "C:\Program Files\DU Meter\DUMeter.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [IDriveE Startup] "C:\IDrive\IDrvieEStartup.exe" Hide
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TClockEx] "C:\Program Files\TClockEx\TCLOCKEX.EXE"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CursorFX] "C:\Program Files\Stardock\CursorFX\CursorFX.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TaskmgrPro] "C:\Program Files\TaskmgrPro\TaskmpStart.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [USB Safely Remove] "C:\Program Files\USB Safely Remove\USBSafelyRemove.exe" /startup
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-387061296-2686591331-802062858-1004\..\Run: [Sidebar] "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe" /autoRun (User 'UpdatusUser')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-387061296-2686591331-802062858-1004\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] "C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe" (User 'UpdatusUser')
O4 - Startup: CNET TechTracker.lnk = norman\AppData\Roaming\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe
O4 - Startup: Everything.lnk = C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe
O4 - Startup: FreeMeter.lnk = C:\Program Files\FreeMeter\FreeMeter.exe
O4 - Startup: IDrive Tray.lnk = C:\IDrive\IDriveEReg2ini.exe
O4 - Startup: Karen's Time Sync.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Printkey2000.lnk = C:\Program Files\PrintKey2000\Printkey2000.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Secunia PSI Tray.lnk = C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\psi_tray.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O8 - Extra context menu item: Download all links with IDM - C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IEGetAll.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Download with IDM - C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\IEExt.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office14\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Se&nd to OneNote - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office14\ONBttnIE.dll/105
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {64964764-1101-4bbd-8891-B56B1A53B9B3} - C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicExplorer32.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Show or hide HP Smart Web Printing - {DDE87865-83C5-48c4-8357-2F5B1AA84522} - C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_BHO.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O16 - DPF: {149E45D8-163E-4189-86FC-45022AB2B6C9} (SpinTop DRM Control) - file:///C:/Program%20Files/Jewel%20Quest%20Mysteries%20-%20The%20Seventh%20Gate%20Collector's%20Edition/Images/stg_drm.ocx
O16 - DPF: {CC450D71-CC90-424C-8638-1F2DBAC87A54} (ArmHelper Control) - file:///C:/Program%20Files/Bejeweled%203/Images/armhelper.ocx
O16 - DPF: {FFB3A759-98B1-446F-BDA9-909C6EB18CC7} (PCPitstop Exam) - http://utilities.pcpitstop.com/Optimize3/pcpitstop2.dll
O18 - Protocol: wlpg - {E43EF6CD-A37A-4A9B-9E6F-83F89B8E6324} - C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\AlbumDownloadProtocolHandler.dll
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: c:\progra~1\wi3c8a~
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Hmmm... The logs don't show anything too interesting. Does the system function properly in Safe Mode?

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That's the thing. When I tried it, I didn't get anything,but the question is, was I on for long enough. The problem is intermittent but VERY annoying, so I can't say for certain.

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Just try using the system in Safe Mode for a while as it looks to me like a process stopping the system from functioning right. Try disabling some startup items you don't need.

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