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Application failed to initialize

By ygrubner ·
Lately, whenever I go to shutdown my computer the following error message title box appears:

winnet.exe - DLL Initialization Failed
The application failed to initialize because
the window station is shutting down.

This message box comes up each time when i try to shutdown and prevents the shutdown execution.
What is this about and how do I get rid of this message?
Thanks for the help.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Application failed to ini ...

winnet.exe is the underlying ad server for several spyware/adware programs.
Download and run Ad-Aware6 from to remove the spyware. I'm sure you will be surprised by what you find running on your system. I found 96 entries on a supposedly 'Clean " system.

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by dmiles In reply to Application failed to ini ...

What is CommonName Browser Agent?

CommonName Browser Agent is a browser plug-in that enables you to navigate sites and search the Web directly from your browser address bar using simple common names and keywords instead of complex URLs.

instead of

CommonName Browser Agent is part of CommonName Toolbar, however you can turn it off independently.

How do I turn off CommonName Browser Agent?

To turn off CommonName Browser Agent, follow the steps below:
Select "Tools" from the IE's menu
Select "Internet Options..." from the pulldown menu
Select "Advanced" tab from the Internet Options dialog box
Scroll down until you see "CommonName" option, as shown below:

Uncheck the option "Enable CommonName"

How do I turn off CommonName Toolbar?

To turn off CommonName Toolbar, follow the steps below:
Select "View" from the IE's menu
Select "Toolbars" from the pulldown menu
Uncheck "CommonName"

How do I uninstall CommonName Toolbar?

If you do not want CommonName Toolbar to be present all times in your browser, we suggest that you turn it off rather than uninstall it and leave the Browser Agent turned on. The Browser Agent is unobtrusive and takes up little resource; it is only activated when you use common names or keywords from your browser address bar. Also, with CommonName Toolbar turned off you can still access some useful CommonName features from the right-click context menu.

If you still decide to uninstall CommonName Toolbar, however, it is important that you MUST exit all instances of Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer before you proceed with the following instructions:
Click "Start" on the bottom left corner
Select "Programs" from the pullup menu
Select "CommonName" from the Programs menu
Select "Uninstall CommonName Toolbar"

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