What is wsock32.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the wsock32.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Wsock32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wsock32
Wsock32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

Neither the developer nor the software publisher of wsock32.exe is identified, as would normally be the case.

Description: Wsock32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wsock32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 55,662 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 61,695 bytes, 68,906 bytes or 61,952 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). Wsock32.exe is not a Windows core file. Wsock32.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wsock32.exe. Therefore, you should check the wsock32.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 wsock32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wsock32. 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.

To help you analyze the wsock32.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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