How to remove the winsock32 virus
Most antivirus programs identify winsock32.exe as malware, e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Inject.alo or Packed.Win32.Black.a, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Poison.M or Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.RX.
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Winsock32.exe file information
The winsock32.exe process does not have any vendor information.
Description: The file winsock32.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 1,561,600 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 215,552 bytes.
There is no description of the program. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. winsock32.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 90% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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If winsock32.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 95% dangerous. The file size is 51,201 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winsock32.exe is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. winsock32.exe is able to monitor applications.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winsock32.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the winsock32.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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