Windows socket error: What is it and How to fix it?

You are unable to access internet and it’s disturbing. You don’t really know what the reason behind it is. You checked your internet connection, reset it many times, troubleshoot for errors, and tried sending basic commands yet failed. You are actually struck by Windows socket error.

What is Windows socket error?

Just like an adapter which connects two things that directly cannot be connected, Windows socket plays a role of connecting bridge between software and network. If it gets corrupt or doesn’t work, your windows software might not be able to access internet. For instance, your internet browser, which is a software program, will not be able to access data network.

What are the causes of windows socket error?

There are various causes of windows socket error. Few of them are:
• Malicious software, spyware or virus
Windows registry problems

Windows socket errors are going to take place frequently unless you clean your computer regularly.

How to fix windows socket error?

Try the following two solutions:


As we have seen that viruses and malware cause windows socket error, it is wise to run an antivirus scan on your whole system with any installed antivirus software. If you don’t have any, try downloading it from internet. Type “download free antivirus” on the address bar and hit enter. You will find many options in the search results. AVG, Avira, McAfee, Avast are just few names. Download the one that you trust.
When it is downloaded, open it and then choose to scan the whole computer. After scanning, restart your PC.


If virus scan doesn’t solve the problem, try resetting the windows socket.
1. Open start and type “cmd” in the search box. Press CTRL+Shift+Enter together to enter the Command prompt as an administrator.

2. A prompt will ask you to confirm if “you want to allow this program to make changes to this computer.” Click Yes.

3. After the command prompt opens, type “netsh winsock reset” and hit “Enter.”

4. Reboot your computer.

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