How to Fix Winsock

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What Is a Winsock Error?

Winsock errors occur within an essential Windows system component used for Internet connectivity called winsock. Winsock is responsible for governing how applications connect to the Internet and how those applications communciate with other applications over the web.

A Windows computer may only have one physical port that the Internet connection is plugged into (an ethernet wire), however there are many virtual ports that allow for multiple Internet connections from different sources. There are 65536 of these ports to be exact. Most of these ports are open for the use of applications attempting to access the web for whatever reason, yet there are some (ports 0-1024) that are reserved for the Windows operating system itself. If an application attempts to access one of these ports, it will be denied and an error will likely occur. But this is not a very common case as the majority of programmers are aware of the reserved status of these ports. In fact, there is a public index that lists the reserved ports, what they are used for and also identifies the open ports that have been reserved by third party software companies for the use of their software.

Winsock opens and closes ports that applications use to connect to the Internet. If winsock files becomes corrupted or if its essential resources become corrupted, applications that attempt to access the web will be unable to connect or may not be able to complete their operations over the Internet successfully. Error messages referring to winsock always follow circumstances like these so it should be fairly simple to identify a problem with winsock. Fixing a damaged or corrupted winsock however, is not as easy.

What Causes Winsock Errors?

Because winsock is used by countless applications, identifying the real root of the problem can be a trial. Also, the winsock is commonly the target of malware attacks in an attempt to disable or filter Internet connectivity.

The most common causes of winsock errors are...

  • The winsock registry keys are corrupted.

  • The TCP/IP protocol driver is missing or corrupted.

  • The network card driver is missing or corrupted.

  • An application is attempting to transmit/receive on a reserved port.

A corrupted winsock registry key is most commonly the root cause of winsock errors but this problem usually results in other essential files becoming corrupted as well. Manually correcting winsock errors can take quite some time as there are many steps involved in the process, which we have detailed in our guide to fixing Winsock errors. However, to easily fix winsock errors, it is generally best to use an automated tool to correct the problems.

How to Easily Fix a Winsock Error...

The vast majority of Winsock errors are caused by errors in your system registry. All it takes is one innocent mistake to cause a major headache, and often times this mistake can only be found using an automated tool. Thankfully, although the problems they cause can be very hard to track down and painful to fix manually, the mistakes in your registry causing the errors are very easily repaired when you have the right tool.

The tool we recommend you use is SlimCleaner Plus. It is a very simple, lightweight and easy to use application from SlimWare Utilities. It can automatically detect Winsock errors and correct them for you. It can also correct any other issues in your registry, optimize your computer, and update any out-of-date applications you may have. ( click here to download SlimCleaner Plus ) QUICK FIX


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