There might be a time in your internet surfing activity that for no apparent reason the computer will display a pop up error message that is advising that there is a Winsock error with some sort of explanation as to what the Winsock Error is. Unfortunately, to the average user a Winsock is not really something that everyone has heard of and the error message does not really tell us how to fix the winsock so that you can get back to the web page you were trying to get to.
Luckily if you continue to read there will be explanations as to what a Winsock is, as well as possible ways to fix the error message that is being displayed.
In order to find out what a Winsock error is the first thing that must be done is to determine what a Winsock is as well as what it does for the computer system. At its most basic level Winsock is basically the script that goes in between your computers system and the internet and makes them work together. So not only does Winsock act as the go between with your system and the internet, but it also tells your internet service provider the id of your computer so that they will allow you to use their internet connection to access the internet.
There is something called the winsock.dll which is a dll file that is usually responsible for most of the activities of Winsock on your system. So now that we understand what the Winsock is, we see why it is so important, as well as the possible ways to fix the error message that is being displayed.
As previously mentioned one of the biggest aspects of Winsock is that the one aspect of the program is actually a .dll file. As a dll file, or dynamic link library, file is typically generated, located, and accessed from the windows registry by many programs at a time there are many different things that can happen to the file to corrupt it and make in unstable.
…And if this file becomes unstable it is very possible that the result is the Winsock error message that is being displayed in front of you. As this Winsock error message is preventing you from going on the computer we will go over the two easiest ways to fix many of the winsock error messages that are displayed on your system.
The first way to deal with many winsock error messages is to run a full system scan with an optimizer or registry cleaner, as many .dll files are located in the registry. If the registry becomes cluttered, corrupt, or compromised in any way it is possible that the outcome will be any type of errors, and not limited to just winsock error codes either.
The next way to try to fix many of the common winsock error messages is to restart the machine. This is because many of the required .dll files are actually recreated during the startup of Windows. If the winsock dll file did become corrupt it is possible that restarting the system will recreate the winsock.dll file and avoid the error messages that are being displayed on your system.