How to remove the wSock virus

Most antivirus programs identify wSock.exe as malware—for example BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.4203020, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.4203020.

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WSock.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wSock
WSock.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as All rights reserved belongs to software unknown by Joe's-Software-Emporium or XYZCompany.

Description: WSock.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wSock.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,712 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 95,112 bytes or 44,032 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The wSock.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. WSock.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with wSock.exe, you can uninstall All rights reserved software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify wSock.exe related errors

Important: You should check the wSock.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 wSock issues

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

wSock.exe [all]