How to remove the winsock32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify winsock32.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Inject.alo, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Poison.M.

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Winsock32.exe file information

The winsock32.exe process does not have any vendor information.

Description: Winsock32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winsock32.exe file is located in a not identifiable folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 0 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. File is hidden. Therefore the technical security rating is 85% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winsock32.exe related errors

Important: 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.


User Comments

This trojan is horrible. If you have a webcam or microphone installed onto your computer the hacker can easily see and hear what you are doing. I still have this on my computer and i have no idea how to get rid of it. Do not open any images sent to you by anyone you do not know (i think that is how it got on my computer)

Summary: Average user rating of winsock32.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks winsock32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winsock32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winsock32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winsock32.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.

Other processes

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