What is sockspy.dll?

Sockspy.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if sockspy.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Sockspy.dll file information

The process known as BitDefender Antivirus Plus (version v10) belongs to software BitDefender Antivirus Plus (version v10) or BitDefender Antivirus (version v10) or BitDefender Client Professional Plus by SOFTWIN (

Description: Sockspy.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sockspy.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 61,440 bytes, 90,112 bytes or 20 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to completely remove BitDefender Antivirus Plus or BitDefender Free Edition (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), turn to the software developer, Bitdefender, for advice or update [1][2] the program.

Recommended: Identify sockspy.dll related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as sockspy.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sockspy.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.


User Comments

A BitDefender system file which monitors active TCP/IP connections. After BitDefender is removed, it remains in the Windows\System32 directory, making it always load. To remove the error, delete the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs
  Francis Panganiban  
without sockspy.dll will Bitdefender not update, but the name scare me at the beginning! its was rekognized after install bit defender
Part of Softwin BitDefender Antivirus Plus v10 build 247, firewall component
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\Appinit_Dlls - Microsoft bay many packets of BitDefender from
  carocipra   (further information)
Part of Bitdefender 10
BitDefender system file
BitDefender: Attaches to network socket for monitoring, related to firewall and spyware monitoring
BitDefender Firewall component
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sockspy.dll: based on 60 votes with 9 reviews. 48 users think sockspy.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think sockspy.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade sockspy.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sockspy issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sockspy. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the sockspy.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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