How to remove the sockins32 virus
Most antivirus programs identify sockins32.dll as malware, such as Symantec identifies it as Downloader, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_CLICKER.ALA or TROJ_ADCLICK.AW.
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Sockins32.dll file information
Description: sockins32.dll is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
The file size on Windows 7/XP is 32,768 bytes.
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your Internet browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as your browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. The unique ID of this BHO is FFFFFFFF-BBBB-4146-86FD-A722E8AB3489. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is able to change the behavior or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. Program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. sockins32.dll seems to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sockins32.dll, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sockins32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
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