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From: monica on 02/16/2005
I dl an update for acrobat and when I restarted my computer I get the error:
The application failed to initialize properly (Oxc0000005). Click on ok to terminate the application.
At that point I can't get a desktop, icons, or into any programs. I just see the wallpaper on my desktop with nothing on it. No task bar either. HELP
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From: Rahat on 10/29/2011
http://www.fix-all-dll-errors.com/wininet.dll/

You can <a href="http://www.articlewritingclicks.com/errors/dll1.php">get</a> the valid wininet.dll from the above link.
Once you go to the link click "Fix dll errors now" button and it will fix the problem

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From: bert on 10/09/2011
Run the Kaspersky TDSS killer, follow the link http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363

Go through the steps of the website. This cured it for me. By the way, do not click on the rogue messages, just move them to the side of your screen. In my case I could still start explorer, to access kaspersky.

Hope this is helpfull.

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From: Tim on 09/13/2011
Best advice I read on this problem was..... "Turn Your Printer ON"!

Seems to be working now

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From: tmjayudu on 08/18/2011
want to do the total computer scan but i got the error The application failed to initialize properly (Oxc0000005). Click on ok to terminate the application. help for this
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From: tmjayudu on 08/18/2011
solve this problem
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From: Tiffany on 05/16/2011
Ok so i decided to trust some site that told me to download something- i got desperate.

The way I did this was listening to toehr about their adive to NOT use IE.

So I went in to the New task in task manager- i then found google chrome and although it said it wasn't working- it did! Then I opened up: http://www.brothersoft.com/error-scan-and-fix-56095.html

Then I downloaded it, despite all the lies about it not working from teh error popups.

Then I new task ran the software- it opened! Like it actually allowed a program to run! woo hoo- it's not finished running- but so far I have A TON of issues.

I can also tell by the research I did- i must've had a virus, because apparently my firewall was down in msconfig system info cmd and I wasn't able to turn on (b/c of the damn error).

Ok all- i'll update with results soon- I'm so tired of giving up my evening for this when all i wanted to do was gym, clean, and cook... not sit at a laptop like a bump on a log!

xoxo

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From: Tiffany on 05/16/2011
No idea what more to do.

I have tried so many fixes online and unfortunately I type in teh restore thing and the new task window goes away and then nothing happens.

I'm almsot sure i have a virus or something, but how can I do a virus scan? I can't access teh internet and the explorer 0xc0000006 error pop up keeps intruding :(

PLEASE HELP! (I promise to help others online for now on with stuff I know- i promise!)

Thanks.
*sigh*

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From: rob on 04/30/2011
hi, people.. i myself have been reading up a lot on these so called access violation errors, namely 0xc0000005. For myself this directly related to windows media player. I had installed both an xp home and xp pro in dual boot.. for a while, say an hour things were ok. Then after many updates and some more reconfiguring, one version then the other seemed to end up with this blocking error. Some other parts relating to installing i.e explorer 8 also ocurred and i was also left with an empty desktop, and a small update box trying to configure my browser settings which never finished. Anyway after several reboots.. trying to disable execution prevention which was an apparent success in windows.
Again i tried to start media player and got the same 0xc0000005 error....Frustration !!!! ive seen a lot of people saying about examining long error files etc ( may aswell be a programmer if youre going to do all that in my opinion.)
I also tried to uninstall some parts of windows via add or remove programs.Once again i got an application denial..relating to lack of privilege etc...this was badly annoying.. anyway i used several so called "utilities" and none could find any errors . Though some said they might if i bought their product .bollocks!!!! The upshot of all this is... most of these application errors arent coming from windows or their updates !!!.... easy to slag off M.S i know but mostly its not them ... whats happening isnt a corrupt registry as such, you will see this when these downloaded products fail to find anything really a miss..!!!! whats happening is a third party utility is protecting the registry entries and failing to recognize elements of windows as normal parts of the O/S and its apllications..so when you try to execute a command you get access denial or apllication failed to initailize and an error code ! make sure you configure your windows system correctly first before applying any third party protection to be certain of avoiding such problems..ive found the likes of avast is ok but some firewalls such as online armour free version 5 are particularly troublesome in respect to the above..uninstall the likes of this firewall and your registry will become open again to windows !! then choose whatever works for you as firewall protection...hopefully you wont have any problems after doing so.. but if these to fail to read your system properly , again remove and try something else.. i know this original post is a little old, but ive seen a lot of posts here and elsewhere relating to the above.. also there isnt much on microsoft's site relating to the specific error.. 0x00000050 is meant to be a problem in relation to memory on the lines of an illegal access.. and 0xc0000005 looks similar and does act similar but states failed to initialize usually. Anyway hope i didnt ramble too much, hope this helps some people out cos it can be a real pain in the ass !!!
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From: Cage on 04/07/2011
Bit of a different scenario i got here. Absolutely no error messages. Instead my entire desktop is gone and is replaced with a blank black screen then the folder 'my documents' is automaticly displayed. Please help...
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From: reallysurprised on 03/22/2011
i have read everyone of these post and so many are having the same problem and others are a little different. yet no one wants to answer the differnt ones. so let me specify for the ones who need an answer... i need one too. my hp mini come up with the same error yes... i click ok YES.. when i hit alt./ctrl/del .... guess what NOTHING HAPPENS task manager to start a new task .. how do we fix THIS problem
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From: Steve on 02/06/2011
In my case Internet Explorer 8 was not starting and giving this error message (it would start in safe mode).
I found that the cloud-based anti-malware program Prevx was causing the error.
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From: sapna on 11/10/2010
I have the same problem.Here is solution that have worked for me.

Start Task Manager.Check whether there is any explorer.exe process in Processes tab . If it's there ,
1. End Task
2.open New Task , type explorer.exe then enter.

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From: jess on 05/13/2010
Ok so I have the same problem... "Error 0xc0000005" and I've tried to hit ctrl + alt + delete but nothing happens! No icon pops up! Nothing! I have a hp mini! This happened as I updated my avg... It was scanning and deleting spyware and such stuff and out of no where my laptop turns off!! I turn it back on and that message comes up! So I tried to hit ctrl alt and delete but nothing pops up! Somebody help! Please! :((
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From: katie on 12/11/2009
Just had this problem. Easy solution that worked.

When the comp loads up, click ok in the message box where it says theres the error. Then CTRL-ALT-Delete to open up task manager. Then click "new task" and enter explorer.exe and hit enter. Should load the desktop up right away.

Good luck!

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From: Gerry on 11/11/2009
Turn your printer on!!
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From: Leslie on 11/08/2009
What I'm seeing on the other sites is that this relates to one of the service packs. I have lost the .exe files therefore I can't run this program. However, I'm told to start in safe mode, and enter C:\Windows\system32\Restore\Rstrui.com once it's loaded go back in and change the .com to .exe
Wish me luck folks.
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From: Frank on 10/30/2009
I don't know if this works in every case, but it did work fror me. This error occured for me when I got a new computer with Windows Vista. In the tp left corner of the pop-up, I noticed hp and some numbers. Since I had read the some people found that the error did not occur when their printer was on, I thought that it had something to do with the printer. I was advised to update the printer driver by going on the manufacturer's website (in this case HP)and ask for any updates on my printer driver. Sure enough, with the updates, the problem disappeared.
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From: Bruce on 09/29/2009
I struggled with this error for weeks.
Searched for patches and bought the programs recommended by Microsoft to fix the problem.
Wasted money and watsed time.
The erros continued.
THE FIX IS TO DOWNLOAD MOZILLA FIRFOX AND USE A DIFFERENT WEB BROWSER. Finally, freedom form Microsoft!
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From: Andrea on 06/03/2009
I have this problem on my laptop. I can not get online on my laptop to download the program to run on my laptop, but did download it to my desktop. Is there a way that I can copy to a cd and run on the laptop? Stuck until I hear.

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From: alok on 05/18/2009
i am facing continue problem in 2003 server please get the permanent solution.

thanks,
alok

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From: m62 on 03/21/2009
wow! system restore does the job straight away.Thanks Boston!
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From: skyler on 12/18/2008
OK here is a temp fix,
on start up press ctrl+alt+del and you should get windows task manager.go to applications tab and select new task.in the box enter explorer.exe and hit enter then run a virus scan immdiatly.
if you need anymore help get back to me @ ravenclaw103@hotmail.com
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From: Jamie on 09/16/2008
HELP! I followed the advice of putting exploer.exe in to the computer and it worked. However, each time i turn the computer off or restart it the same problem occurs. Is there any way of changing this? Does something need to be installed properly? Grateful thanks for any help>
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From: Lawrence on 08/15/2008
My computer started doing this... I simply got into the "Remove Programs" thing and removed the latest security update for Internet Explorer (which is the first thing that made the message pop-up) and then rebooted. This stopped the problem all together...
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From: mike on 08/07/2008
hi i have a problem i have this error message
>The appication failed. to intialize properly..(oxc0000005)...click ok to terminate the application
and when i have tryed that solution i have a black screen
can anyone help please
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From: Tom on 12/22/2005
Don't know the cause, but here's a solution.
When you get the error, click on OK to close the box. You'll return to the blue screen. Click Ctrl-Alt-Delete. After window opens, click on "new task" and type in: explorer.exe. Hit enter, and your desktop will return.

I have the same problem and explorer tends to be sluggish when activating it this way.


cheers man this worked great i sugest to everyone out there still stuck on the problem where you cant see your deskstop icons etc to do this cause it worked for me and it was the only thing that worked for me....thanks again tom

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From: George on 06/24/2008
Hi

as everybody else I've got the same error and tried GGBoston remedy, went back as far as possible,which was June 19th,it runs,reboots and just when your hopefull comes up with the same error message (Oxc0000005)message, anybody got anymore ideas, I can get the computer to work as normal just cannot get rid of that message off the screen.Please bear in mind I'm useless on a computer,easy steps please

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From: karthik on 02/23/2008
Please install system mechnic 7.0 and run it. 100000000 % this error will be cleared.

i checked it and its working ....
please send this message to as many as possible.

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From: Benjamin on 12/15/2007
Hello

I got this promblem-The instruction at 0xc4e9b825 referenced memory at 0xc4e9b82. The memory could not be read

And i got this promblem too--the application failed to initiaize properly()0xc0000005).

I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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From: strat on 06/12/2007
so I tried all the necessary steps in order to restore windows, but when I enter in "C:\windows\system32\restore\rstui.exe" I get a pop-up box that says the program was unable to initialize, basically giving me the option to dump it, or send the results to microsoft. I also get the error that "C:\Windows\System32\Restore\rstui.exe" cannot be located. This is extremely frustrating!! I cant get into IE no matter what I try!! Gonna try booting off CD then going into system restore that way through DOS.


Any other ideas?

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From: aamir on 05/04/2007
Hello...
I have the same problem as most of the posts on here...

with the message appearing on my screen about explorer.exe failing to initialize properly, and when I hit ok, the same thing happens...no icons, no start bar, nothing...I have tried all of the solutions that were given on here...even the system restore option that everyone said worked wonders from them...and it said it could not be found? what do I do now??

Is there anything else that I could try...

please someone help....this is soooo frustrating!!

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From: Tammy on 03/11/2007
Hello...

I have the same problem as most of the posts on here...

with the message appearing on my screen about explorer.exe failing to initialize properly, and when I hit ok, the same thing happens...no icons, no start bar, nothing...I have tried all of the solutions that were given on here...even the system restore option that everyone said worked wonders from them...and it said it could not be found? what do I do now??

Is there anything else that I could try...

please someone help....this is soooo frustrating!!

:(


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From: SEVER. on 01/16/2007
i get an explorer.exe application error at reference memory "0xc0000006" instead of the last digit being five. when i run the command in task manager to accsess sys restore nothing happens. i can not accsess the win32 file either. so yea any help would be great.
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From: Keith on 10/24/2006
I cannot get past the error screen with a control-alt-delete to be able to enter system restore. I also do not know what the administrator password is, but any other logon fails anyway. Is there any other way to get past the error screen?
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From: efrem on 10/11/2006
For those of you who can't see the Task Manager button active when you Ctrl+ALT+Del, log on using the local 'Administrator' account instead of another account with Adminstrator priviledges. You'll get an 'Active' Task Manager button. You may then try to File- New Task (Run..) to proceed. I hope this will help.
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From: Beca on 10/02/2006
GGBoston, you have a great solution for the error: (0xc0000005),
internet explorer failed to initialize properly. But what if you
cannot activate the task manager button?
Solve this and I'll buy you 2 beers when you get to the caribe.
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From: tom on 09/23/2006
Just like everyone else, my acrobat stopped working, I tried to update it, and when I restarted my computer I get the error:
The application failed to initialize properly (Oxc0000005). Acrobat sucks, ggboston is awesome.
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From: imam on 09/16/2006
please someone tell me how I can get GGBOSTON to fix the oxc0000005 error. I tried google to find it out but nothing came out.
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From: chicagotown on 08/26/2006
See post by GGBOSTON. system restore'll do the trick.
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From: Sweeneya on 05/26/2006
GGBoston fixed my computer: Read his brief description and you will be up and running. I am now making sure everything is running, backing up and then doing major maint.
Thanks
Boston, come to germany and I will buy you a beer.
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From: Bill Ny on 05/22/2006
My PC is finally back to normal. What I had was a virus called w32/Alemod.f.dll. McAfee did detect it when I ran VirusScan in safe mode, but it can't delete, quarantine or clean the file because the infected file, wininet.dll is a required file and is in use when windows is operating. I worked with a technician from McAfee to fix the problem which cost $29.95, but at that time I just wanted it taken care of. All he did was find a clean version of that file in another location on my pc and replaced the infect file. Sounds so easy now. My advice would be to run your virus scan in safe mode and see if that shows up. If you don't have a virus scan, go to McAfee's web site and download their free trial version, then reboot in safe mode. If you lost your icons, explorer, and task bar, you definitely have some type of virus, but you'll be surprised how easy it is to get rid of it. Once you find the infected file, if you google the name you most likely find hundreds of sites like this one with people explaining alternatives to fixing your pc.
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From: Sheldon on 05/20/2006
~~~~~~~~~From: monica on 02/16/2005
I dl an update for acrobat and when I restarted my computer I get the error:
The application failed to initialize properly (Oxc0000005). Click on ok to terminate the application.
At that point I can't get a desktop, icons, or into any programs. I just see the wallpaper on my desktop with nothing on it. No task bar either. HELP~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~From: Kristin on 12/07/2005
I, too, have the same problem. Brand spanking new computer (we're talking 1 week) Dell Inspiron. Last night got slammed with some spyware program that I thought I successfully removed. Turned on laptop this evening and got the "Explorer.exe - application failed to initialize propery (0xc0000005). Click on ok to terminate application" - I have no option to click on ANY icons or anything. Just my wallpaper shows. No icons, no start menu. HELP!!! :( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is the same EXACT same problem i am getting. However when i press Ctrl -> Alt -> Delete i have all the normal options "Lock Computer" -- "Log Off..." -- "Shut Down" -- "Change Password" -- "Cancel"...however the Task Manager option is not available. It's grey and not-clickable and since there is no Taskbar i cannot bring it up from there. Is there any solution to this besides getting a new hard-drive or re-installing my OS (Windows Server 2003), because when i use the install disc for installing Windows Server 2003 it does not prompt me for repair like Windows XP does. Please help.

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From: Bill Ny on 05/19/2006
I have a similar problem. When I boot up I first get a pop-up window from McAfee that says that ActiveShield has detected a suspicious file and that I should run a scan. Then during the rest of the boot up process I get the 0xc0000005 error for explorer.exe and another error for Outlook. I don't have explorer, task bar, desktop icons or Outlook though I can access most of my critical programs through the task manager. I have run several other virus scans and tried re-running explorer from task manager with no luck. Does anybody have any suggestions? Would a last resort be refomatting the hard drive and reinstalling my programs?
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From: Jakethe Sakee on 05/07/2006
ok..
My Internet Explorer works properly..
BUT!!
the softwares that i have downloaded does not work
due to (Program was unable to initialize properly (Oxc0000005)
im using windows 2000..so i dont think ctrl,alt,del would work for me..
or will it?I cant run any adaware or spybots cause of (Oxc0000005)
i also tried to download Windows media player but it wont let me dl it.
HELP ME PLZ!!
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From: Sara on 05/01/2006
See below 2 posts... to understand what is going on here lol I need heeeeelllpppp :o(
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From: Sara on 05/01/2006
My CPU usauge is also at 100% with NOTHING open

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From: Sara on 04/30/2006
Got rid of some viruses... and that warnhp.html, in the customize desktop the only thing there under web is my current hompage, deleted the web page stuff, and my current homepage is NOT checked in the box. My desktop screen is STILL white (with icons), but when starting up and shutting down for a BRIEF moment my desktop image appears, then disappears. I know you're going to ask if I tried system restore, yes I did, over the phone with Dell, and it didnt work,twice, it failed. I will not pay them ANOTHER $99 (which I payed for a problem 2 months ago) on top of over a thousand dollars for the laptop. I am SOOOO frustrated. PLEEEEASE help meeeeee...

What to doooooo??

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From: KJ on 04/28/2006
I have the w32/alemod.f.dll virus and tried to get into safe mode. I got to the selection window for going to safe mode, and my computer is stuck there. All it does is act like it is starting Windows, then pops right back to that page. I have tried to get any where and it just keeps going back to the page. Am I doomed?

Any help would be do very much appreciated!

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From: codie on 04/26/2006
I found out that someone in my family had let a virus in... this virus is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\wininet.dll and the virus is called W32/Alemod.f.dll McAfee can't clean or delete.. can my computer be saved?


Thanks,
Codie

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From: Don on 04/21/2006
This is the first (and hopefully the last!) time I'll be at this website, but I wanted to thank the folks who advised doing a system restore. The first time I tried it, I went back to a restore date that I KNOW was before when the problem occurred, but it still didn't work. The second time I tried it, I went back a few weeks before, selected that date, and now everything is fine.

Needless to say, I'm installing antivirus software as I type this.

Cheers everyone, and thank you!

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From: dianne on 04/17/2006
I also was having a frustration trying to get this error fixed, i tried a bunch of usless sugestions, however when I tried the solution from GGBOSTON, it works excellent, I did not know such a thing existed and I am keeping this as I think it is very usefull. Thanks so much GGBOSTON!!!!
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From: Kat on 04/16/2006
I just wanted to say thanks!

After calling Dell.............and hanging up on them (because they wanted $239.00 for a years worth of software help.............OR $100.00 for a 72 hour incident fee........) I searched around and found this

From: ggboston on 02/12/2006
I recently had the same problem... and I fixed it pretty quickly with the following process.
If you are running Windows XP... click Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the Windows Task Manager... then go to File and select New Task(Run...)

Type in the search box:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

click OK and this should bring you to the System Restore program that Windows XP has built into it. Then just follow the steps to restore your computer to how it was at an earlier time before the problem. Then just reboot your computer and it should be fine and still have all your files, folders, and programs intact

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THANKS SO MUCH GGBOSTON IT WORKED!!!


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From: andrew on 04/16/2006
Just fixed this problem on my comp using system restore ... but while researching I found a very similiar prob that appears to be related to norton quick sweep and it seems you should uninstall norton completely and then reinstall
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From: Joe on 04/15/2006
I have the same problem. Internet explorer didn't work when I tried to put in run >> iexplore, so I went on another computer to get Mozilla Firefox. I went on Mozilla's website and downloaded the installer onto a disc, and then went back to my messed up computer. I inserted the disc and went to run >> browse >> d:\ drive, found the installer, and tried to install it. It didn't work (gave me some unknown error or something) and so I did the same thing with the Opera browser, which is what I ended up using. It works fine, and now I can actually get on the internet even though there isn't any taskbar or icons. Just go onto the task manager, hit File >> New Task (Run) >> Browse >> C:\ Drive >> Program Files >> Opera >> Opera, (or Run >> C:\Program Files\Opera\Opera.exe if that's where you put it on the installation). Now this doesn't exactly solve the problem, but at least you have an internet connection by which you can download a patch from a microsoft website or something. And Opera works better than internet explorer anyways.

Other information: System Restore displayed an empty window when I tried to run it, and it only popped up after I tried to run it twice. Diagnostic setup under Run >> msconfig didn't help, nor did a restart in safe mode. I have WinFixer on my system which has annoyed me to no end, but I don't think it could have caused this. Maybe the removal tools I downloaded did this? I downloaded HijackThis, Sbybot S&D, Ad-Adware SE Personal, Window Washer (Webroot, free trial), and a Spy Sweeper demo. All of these things seemed reputable, but none of them worked. Also, I have Norton Antivirus 2006 which is being entirely uncooprative. No scans or LiveUpdate for me. It gives me a "please re-install" message.

I was at another forum, and ran across this site: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341. I can't find my disc though. May help one of you. Good luck.

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From: Cht on 04/15/2006
People I had the same problem after a spyware sweep by ad aware and spybod S&D. A dialer has sneaked into my system. I ran the above applications but they did not manage to remove it.

Each time Windows would boot, explorer would crash (2 or 3 messageboxes would pop up mentioning the "Application Could Start 0xc0000005 error).

The solution is to use the system restore. When windows finally boot the explorer does not launch. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and when the task manager pops up run the following program:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

Select the earliest restore point that suits you and restore. That should do the trick!

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From: Big Jim on 04/10/2006
ggboston is the savior!!!! This same thing happened to me last night. Have been trying to fuix with no luck. I read ggboston's solution, and had the problem fixed in 3 minutes!!! Thx ggboston. Read down a couple of entries and simply do the system restore as outlined by gg!!
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From: Candy on 04/07/2006
This is also happening to me.
I have tried to run the restore like others have suggested earlier but when my restore box opens, its empty...As in the box opens but does not load. This is happening in reg mode and in safe mode.
So I am stuck.
I am not computer savy at all. Think of me as a 5 year old trying to get this thing back in order.
I don't know what else to do. I have tried everything each person has suggested here, searched google some more and still haven't been able to fix it...Don't know if the restore window would have helped since it won't load.
Does anyone have any other ideas?
Does anyone even know WHY this is happening?
Off to *try* to find original disks that came with this computer.
ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
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From: kishan on 04/03/2006
this happened to me yesterday, it wont even let me open up the task manager. I have a dell inspiron6000, if any suggestons, then send them to me at mr_moonwalker911@yahoo.com
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From: Len on 03/31/2006
I had the same problem tonight (explorer.exe failed to initialize). I did what ggboston posted and it worked great. BUT first you have to start your computer in safe mode. Boot and press "F8", then arrow up to "safe mode" and hit return. Then do what ggboston suggested below:

"From: ggboston on 02/12/2006
I recently had the same problem... and I fixed it pretty quickly with the following process.

If you are running Windows XP... click Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the Windows Task Manager... then go to File and select New Task(Run...)

Type in the search box:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

click OK and this should bring you to the System Restore program that Windows XP has built into it. Then just follow the steps to restore your computer to how it was at an earlier time before the problem. Then just reboot your computer and it should be fine and still have all your files, folders, and programs intact "

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From: Javed on 03/21/2006
Hello all,

As promised, please see below link to try this solution for our O/S ordeal. I'm still lingering with it but I'm hoping someone may be get help of it. Let me know if somebody else have some other solution, because I don't to know reinstall windows.


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;873155&Product=windowsxpsp2

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From: Tommy on 03/17/2006
I keep getting the Oxc0000005 problem when I try to use a link from a financial web page. I got it 3 days running. Thanks for the tips, I will try although I am runnoing Windows 98. I called Microsoft and they suggested I buy XP or the new XP Vista, available shortly.
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From: Javed on 03/17/2006
I'm in the same loop and I tried numerous solutions to fix it. In Microsoft support you might find something for this problem, I will hopefully post that link soon. I'm hoping that might be the right solution for this bug, lets see. Anyone else has any other solution please post it.

Thanks

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From: Mary on 03/11/2006
In regards to virus w32/alemod.f.dll, I tried the 2 following steps:

Control/Alt/Delete, Task Mgr, New Task, In search I typed c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, followed steps to restore, rebooted...NOTHING!

Control/Alt/Delete, Task Mgr, New Task, explorer.exe, followed steps to restore, rebooted...NOTHING!

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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From: Fernando on 02/28/2006
I've the problem with explore.exe. No one of the solutions exposed works: When rebooting, same error.

Next thing I'll try is reinstall windows, and move to Linux. I am full of this OS and old Bill.

Thanks anyway.

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From: Erin on 02/27/2006
Well someone should help me.
I am totally bad with computers so i need like step by step details.
Otherwise it gets me nowhere. Like how do i do the system restore and such. geez.
My whole desktop is gone.
Start menu gone.
Icons gone.
And yeah my McAfee isnt letting me delet the virus.

Basically my computer is a mess. It needs help.

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From: Coop on 02/27/2006
I did the restore from Safe Mode, Administrator, and it worked, finally. At first, it said it wouldn't open because it couldn't find wininet.dll, which I had renamed based on a prior post (that fix didn't work). So, using ctrl-alt-delete, I brought up task manager again, went to File <New Task> found the renamed file, renamed it back to wininet.dll, then went and found the Restore folder in C:\Windows\System32, clicked on rstui.exe inside the folder and hit OK. This brought up the Restore screen where I picked an earlier date that I knew was OK and on reboot, the laptop booted up like it's supposed to. Gotta be patient because every time you click on anything in Task Manager you'll get a message that tskmgr.exe failed to launch so you have to keep hitting OK then keep typing till you get the file loaded you want. Have no clue what caused this, it was a co-worker's computer. All I know is it's now working. Thanks!
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From: ggboston on 02/12/2006
I recently had the same problem... and I fixed it pretty quickly with the following process.

If you are running Windows XP... click Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the Windows Task Manager... then go to File and select New Task(Run...)

Type in the search box:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

click OK and this should bring you to the System Restore program that Windows XP has built into it. Then just follow the steps to restore your computer to how it was at an earlier time before the problem. Then just reboot your computer and it should be fine and still have all your files, folders, and programs intact

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From: Helaman on 02/11/2006
open your taskmanager and click file > new task.

Type in C:\Windows\System32 and search for this file:

wininet.dll

Rename that file to wininet.old, and reboot the computer. That will hopefully mean that Windows will drag another one up from the dllcache to replace it.

If you are unable to find the wininet.dll, go here:

www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?wininet

and download the file (you will have to do this from your computer then transfer it across), and place it here:

C:\Windows\System32
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Reboot and see if the error still exists

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From: Tom on 12/22/2005
Don't know the cause, but here's a solution.

When you get the error, click on OK to close the box. You'll return to the blue screen. Click Ctrl-Alt-Delete. After window opens, click on "new task" and type in: explorer.exe. Hit enter, and your desktop will return.

I have the same problem and explorer tends to be sluggish when activating it this way.

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From: Skip on 12/18/2005
exact same problem, i have to run programs through the new task in the ctrl+alt+delete thing

i have turned my firewall off because it constantly shuts down games while im playing them, maybe its a trojan? i ran the virus scans and deleted all the found files, but it made no difference... and all of the instructions on the internet try to fix it by running an explorer.exe program! they try to make you go to the start bar when the problem you are trying to solve deletes it! so frustrating!!!!

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From: Larry on 12/11/2005
When I clicked on the internet explorer icon I got the message "failed to initialize properly Oxc0000005". My computer worked in all respects except that I could not access the internet with Explorer 6 and the other internet icons on my screen showed the same message. I had Mozilla Firefox on my screen and that worked to access the internet. Also I could access the internet by going into Explorer and clicking on the icon. I finally thought that Eplorer 6 had been corrupted when I upgraded(laugh!)Adobe Reader. I reinstalled Windows 2000 and solved all my problems.
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From: Kristin on 12/07/2005
I, too, have the same problem. Brand spanking new computer (we're talking 1 week) Dell Inspiron. Last night got slammed with some spyware program that I thought I successfully removed. Turned on laptop this evening and got the "Explorer.exe - application failed to initialize propery (0xc0000005). Click on ok to terminate application" - I have no option to click on ANY icons or anything. Just my wallpaper shows. No icons, no start menu. HELP!!! :(
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From: steve on 12/07/2005
This error happed to me this morning.
Last night everything fine - I boot this morning and I get this error message screen on my desktop saying I'm infected (I wasn't) and when I remove the screen and reboot - wham!!

NOTHING BUT BLUE! No task bar - no icons - nothing.
I attempt to start explorer.exe from the task list, and it gives me the same two error messages - it can't initialize.

I did notice before the reboot, however, that my firewall (XP) was turned off - I don't usually turn it off (but might have for some reason).

I'm stuck until someone posts a solution for the problem that works.

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From: dave on 12/03/2005
the same thing happens with me and the only way in can go on the internet is through my documents(or some other program) clicking on internet on address bar and even when I do that my internet iz still very slow. So im hoping that maybe there is some program that I can download for the corrupted oxc0000005 file, or what im supposed to do.
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From: John on 08/18/2005
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;873155&Product=windowsxpsp2

if for some reason you have a spyware removal program queued to run at login time this can cause the same situation as what is described. In my situation adaware didn't fully remove all objects because I had a browser open and it asked me if it wanted to have it remove the rest of the object next time I boot, I said yes and well went into this login, explorer.exe error loop. When I followed the above article adaware lanched before the explorer shell and after it did it's business and I closed adaware the explorer shell launched as expected.

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From: Patrick on 08/17/2005
I have the encountered the same problem after using Spybot to remove spyware. I can try to undo the removal but I don't want any spyware and I'm trying to learn how to fix this problem.

I can still run programs however by doing CTRL+ALT+DEL, then selecting File-->Run-->Browse.

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From: stefan on 08/10/2005
Did anybody find a solution. I have the same thing after removing some things with spyware doctor
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From: Jay on 07/15/2005
I have the same problem where Explorer.exe Application Failed error show up, but this is after you put in your password at logon.

During normal boot of XP Professional: One dialog box pops and tells me of Explorer.exe failed to initialize properly, click OK, then another dialog box pops saying the same thing, click OK. Now I have only a blue screen.

Limitations:
I can only boot up to Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt. Normal boot produces error, Safe Mode only produces error.

Computer:
Dell Dimension XPS, XP Pro, SP2

Background / Efforts:
Infected by Trojan-smitFraud.c - CLEANED via smitRem>RunThis.bat
Infected by Antivirus Gold 2.0 - CLEANED via Microsoft AntiSpyware and Ewido Security Suite (demo)

Question:
Can someone help me on fixing the Explorer.exe Application error??

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From: ComputerSteve on 03/21/2005
Try booting in safe mode and uninstalling acrobat. Good Luck
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From: Marj on 03/12/2005
Monica...I also get the Oxc0000005 application error and don't know what to do or what I'm supposed to do. Hoping we learn how to fix the problem!
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