What is 'ThreadInit'?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
October 13, 2010 at 16:23:32
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Hello - I've been having a problem with my Windows XP Pro laptop lately, and it apparently deals with ThreadInit.

I am running Avira antivirus, and have been happy with it for the several years I've had it. Last month, though, it started randomly closing.

I had thought that I had dealt with it by removing a few programs, but it did it again on the 5th of this month, and then again today. The umbrella closes, Windows Security Alerts popup, then about two minutes later the umbrella opens again and all is fine.

Going into the guard log, I find the entry "Unable to allocate resource 'ThreadInit' from the system".

I've been looking and looking, but I can't find anywhere what ThreadInit is, to see if it might be the problem. Can anyone give me an idea?

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October 13, 2010 at 16:28:48
if you cannot find it in a google search it is most likely some sort of spyware, malware or virus.
IMO Avira is not the best AV out there by a long shot. Especially not the free ones.

You may want to try some scans with
Trojan Remover
Hitman Pro.
Remove all they find.

They are all free working versions and you can google for them.

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October 13, 2010 at 16:48:24
I have already scanned with all the programs you suggested, and the computer is clean.

One site gave me the idea that it may have something to do with C++, but I'm not sure. I found "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable" in my add/remove programs, but I'm not sure what uses it and am not sure how to tell.
I also installed Microsoft .NET framework earlier this year, and it's new - could it possibly have something to do with it? I already uninstalled the program that required it, perhaps I should uninstall it too...

I really do not wish to give up Avira, as it has been the best working antivirus on this machine of all the ones that I have tried so far.

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October 13, 2010 at 17:23:35
try rkill.exe to stop the running process and then do a scan with tdss killer. Then do another full scan with malwarebytes.

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October 13, 2010 at 19:50:08
try a more powerful scan software. maybe there is still some spyware or virus in the system.

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October 17, 2010 at 09:25:59
I'm not sure what more powerful scanning software to try, but I'll listen to suggestions. My update: I've been to the Avira forums, and eventually a beta tester suggested that since the latest Avira (10) takes more RAM than 8 or 9, it could be that I don't have enough RAM and that is what makes it start and stop. I'm not sure, but their idea is sound - I still only have in this laptop the amount it came with when it was given to me about seven years ago, and it's just enough to make it run, pretty much. I am going to have to wait and see if it helps once I do manage to get my extra RAM, since it's going to take a little time to get it.

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