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ifcfg.exe  - THe application failed to initialize properly.

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I have installed 3 new XP Pro machines.  Just about every time a user logs off any of them the following error occurs:

ifcfg.exe  The application failed to initialize properly.  Click OK to terminate the app

Other than the message there do not appear to be any other negative side effects from this but it is very annoying.  When a user logs off this error occurs probably about 75% of the time.  Happens for normal users & administrators too.
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by:sunray_2003
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Hi saunaG,

Start --> run --> Type in "msconfig" and press "Enter"
goto Startup tab
Disable all the applications there except Anti-virus.Reboot the machine and check if the error occurs.
If not, then enable one at a time in the same startup tab and find the application that might cause this
at startup

SR..
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by:sunray_2003
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saunaG,

That process or file name is not familiar to me


Check for spywares and virus in the system

Spyware:
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Some of the experts here have helped in compiling all the important spyware tools and they are listed in this thread
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html

My recommendation would be to start with spybot ,ad-ware ,CWshredder and post the log from Hijackthis

After installing them, First Update them and then run


virus scanner:
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http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ 

http://security.symantec.com/

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by:sirbounty
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If this is on a domain, try removing it from the domain (and join a workgroup) and readd it to the domain...
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by:saunaG
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sirbounty - i will try this but can't until a little later but do you know if ifcfg.exe is something to do with logging on/off to the domain?  The reason i ask is because these computers are connected to the domain over a vpn over a dsl connection across the interent - meaning not the greatest connection.  Is it possible that when they log off they can't make the proper communications with the domain controller and that is the reason for the error?  
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sirbounty earned 500 total points
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Yes, ifcfg.exe is part of Cisco's VPN client.
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by:sunray_2003
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Good catch ,SB... That's why i would have to work from home like you to know about VPN stuff.. LOL !!!
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by:sirbounty
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>>Is it possible that when they log off they can't make the proper communications with the domain controller and that is the reason for the error?  <<
Possibly - what are you using for DNS servers?
Try removing ifcfg from the registry:
Start->Run->regedit
Check both
HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
and
HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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by:jkr
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Check out http://www.netpilot.com/products/vpn/client/CRN_SoftRemoteLT_10.1.1B10.pdf  - it says

Issue# Priority Synopsis
QA018812
Windows XP log-off causes intermittent ifcfg.exe Application error.
Description: When logging off of Windows XP, you may
itermittently receive ifcfg.exe application error.
Workaround: Disregard this error, the log-off will complete as
expected

So, I guess their advice to 'ignore' is the solution...
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by:saunaG
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http://www.netpilot.com/products/vpn/client/CRN_SoftRemoteLT_10.1.1B10.pdf

this is a link to the VPN software that i use and it discusses the issue i am having - there is no fix for it but it can be ignored as it does not do any damage.

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by:karlgilbert
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ifcfg.exe errors are caused in WinXP by the Safenet IPSec VPN client.  Safenet VPN client is rebranded as a variety of other manufacturers and sold with their firewalls (Netpilot, Cisco, Juniper Netscreen)  Hopefully a patch will be released that will fix this (anyone from Safenet listening?!?!?)

Strangely we have 15 XP PCs running Netscreen remote and only some of them experience this problem, so there is obviously some other environmental factor affecting this issue.

Cheers,
Tony W - IT Manager - Brethertons - Rugby - UK
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