What is WinsockHookDLL.dll?

WinsockHookDLL.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 WinsockHookDLL.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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WinsockHookDLL.dll file information

The process known as Secway Winsock Hooking DLL or SimpPro (version 2.2) or SimpLite-MSN (version 2.2) belongs to software SimpLite-MSN or SimpPro or SimpLite-Yahoo by Secway (

Description: WinsockHookDLL.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The WinsockHookDLL.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 135,168 bytes, 135,680 bytes, 97,792 bytes or 141,824 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The service has no detailed description. The WinsockHookDLL.dll file is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. WinsockHookDLL.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 91% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with WinsockHookDLL.dll, you may want to go to the support area of the Secway website or completely remove SimpLite-MSN or SimpPro (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinsockHookDLL.dll. Therefore, you should check the WinsockHookDLL.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

This is a protection for MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
  EyesOverrun   (further information)
This file is part of SimpLite-MSN v2.1.7. SimpLite is an encryption algorithm to encrypt your MSN conversations
  Ralph   (further information)
this is used to encrypt messages for MSN. Definitely not dangerous. In fact it's exacly the opposite!
  guilherme ambros   (further information)
Used to encrypt messages in MSN

Summary: Average user rating of WinsockHookDLL.dll: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think WinsockHookDLL.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving WinsockHookDLL issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WinsockHookDLL. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the WinsockHookDLL.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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