C++ errors, random restarts, 0xc0000142, MSE won't update?

By Legoflamb
Jul 7, 2010
  1. Ok so I'm trying to fix a computer in the public IT room at work which is behaving very strangely and is basically unusable.

    p4 3.0
    winxp pro

    IE keeps freezing and crashing and giving c++ errors, also, just a minute ago I saw a out of memory at line 8 error as it was crashing...

    I've tried to use Ccleaner to see if it can help at all but it crashes as well giving c++ errors

    MSE won't update it downloads the update and then just sits there saying 'searching' and eventually says it can't update (internet connection isn't the problem as it downloads the update fine, just won't install it)

    Firefox keeps closing randomly not like freezing first and not responding, it's like I've closed it on purpose.....only I haven't. Gave me a nonsense messages similar to this: memory error 0xc0000142 (that is the exact number though)

    Also there's a program called threatfire on there that I'm getting c++ errors on too.

    Once or twice I've also seen the computer screen go black and restart the machine without any prior warning or errors.

    As far as I know this was working until today....

    Is this likely to be a spyware/virus issue? As I've had a couple of experiences where a computer was acting really strangely especially with regards to virus programs and internet.

    Or is it more likely to be a windows problem/something else like bad ram?

    Sorry for the cross posting the virus and malware guys told me to come here and I accidently posted it somewhere else but it didn't get any replies anyway.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Hard drive may be failing, memory may be inadequate, infestations are likely.
    For specific comments, it would be helpful to have the brand, model, configuration and age of components.
    But antivirus scans and antispyware scans are the usual, as well as a cleaning of the fan and cooling sytem, a defrag of the hard drive... basic maintenance, then another report.
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