Fix Corrupt Winsock in Windows

Winsock is an interface between Windows and TCP/IP. Most people will realize there is a problem with their Winsock file only when they cannot access the Internet. Malware will often corrupt the Winsock, and it will be necessary for certain registry keys to be repaired. Microsoft has a Winsock repair tool here. You can download it to a CD or USB key and run it on the computer that is having problems. Another way you can determine if you are having winsock issues, is if you attempt to renew your IP address and receive an error similar to “The operation failed since no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation.”

You can also check the Winsock for corruption by using Msinfo32. Go to Start, then run and type Msinfo32 and hit OK. You will need to navigate to Components>Network>Protocol and look for the following headings:

MSAFD Tcpip [TCP/IP]
MSAFD Tcpip [UDP/IP]
RSVP UDP Service Provider
RSVP TCP Service Provider
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…
MSAFD NetBIOS [DeviceNetBT_Tcpip…

sysinfo

You will see some info under each of these, but if anything is missing or added, you likely have a winsock problem. Another tool to fix this is Winsock XP Fix. You can download and run that, as well. If you have any questions regarding network connectivity be sure to join our free computer forums today.