How to remove the winsock virus

Most antivirus programs identify winsock.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen or Backdoor.Satancrew, and Kaspersky identifies it as UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic or Backdoor.Win32.VagrNocker.112.

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Winsock.exe file information

The process known as Windows sock service appears to belong to software Windows Driver Adapter by Microsoft Windows corp.

Description: Winsock.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winsock.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 11,776 bytes. 
It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

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If winsock.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 225,280 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). Winsock.exe is not a Windows core file.

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Important: You should check the winsock.exe 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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Best practices for resolving winsock issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winsock process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winsock.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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