Hi I hope someone can help with this. I am getting an error message when I try to launch any programs such as internet explorer, spybot, utorrent etc etc. The weird thing is, this only seems to be happen when the PC has been on for some time and I return to to it after a period to use it again. All these programs are fine on startup. Every time it happens I am having to force shutdown, then reboot and it works OK again - until the next time. It's baffling that I only get this after a period of time not using the PC, eg overnight. 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 using the preliminary removal steps from the security and web forum 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.