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Wscript.exe - Application error

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 06:22 AM




Could anyone help a fairly non tech-savvy user please?


Dell Inspiron 7720 laptop.

Windows 8.1 64-bit.


Recently, whenever I power-on the laptop and let Windows boot up, I receive the above error message on the desktop.  The message also says 'The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000018).  Click OK to close the application'.  I click OK and the message disappears.  I'm not aware of it affecting anything I do after this.  The only things I'm aware of doing before the problem occurred was disabling Windows Defender and installing Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, and also installing the August Microsoft updates (and subsequent update-updates!).  I have run CCleaner and its Registry sweep and also run anti-malware scans using Kaspersky IS and Malwarebytes AM Premium.


What is wscript.exe and what do I need to do to correct this?



Thank you :)

Edited by NipNip1964, 09 September 2014 - 06:33 AM.

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 04:03 PM




I subsequently discovered that IE 11 (iexplore.exe) and Java (javaw.exe) also wouldn't start, with the same error message/code above.  I use Firefox, so wasnt immediately aware of the IE issue.


To cut a long story short, it looks like there's a conflict with Malwarebytes Anti Exploit Software.  Uninstalling this and rebooting caused the errors to disappear.  Downloading/resinstalling this caused the errors to recur.


I'm trying to pursue this on the Malwarebytes Forum.



Thanks :)

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