Hi Not sure if anyone can help with this. I am getting an error message when I try to launch programs or services such as speedtouch internet connection, internet explorer, spybot, etc. The weird thing is, this only happens when the PC has been on for some time and I return to to it after a period of non-use. On startup the PC and all programs work absolutely fine. Seems strange that I only get this after a while. If I shut down then restart it is fine once again. The error message is: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application About three weeks ago I had some major problems with my PC. Techspot helped me fix it and it has been running fine ever since. I have been doing regular scans with Spybot and Adaware and run CCleaner, and I also used Spybot to disable some non-essential items on startup. I am not sure if the latest error messages is something new or just a hangover from those problems. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, as always.