I am receiving error message wsock32.dll is missing

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I just had to get rid of a virus and even though multiple virus check software says that I am clean. But I am still having trouble in that I am unable to connect to internet through dialup any more. I am receiving the error message that wsock32.dll was missing.

I have tried my XP disk and was expecting that I will remove these files from there but have no idea how to do it. Anyone here knows how to do it?

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I am receiving error message wsock32.dll is missing

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  • You might want to check whether wsock32.dll is in your system or not. It should be in windowssystem32. If needed, you can even create a new copy from wsock32.dl_. For this open RUN and type following in there dialog box:
  • msconfiggeneral tabexpand file.
  • Wsock32.dll error can crop up anytime when someone is using computer. This is a registry error which is caused either while installing a third party program on your computer or it may be deleted mistakenly while scanning a virus.

Yes you can solve this error by reinstalling the file from Windows XP CD. Follow these steps to do this….

1. Insert XP installation CD.
2. Go to start, run and type “sfc / scannow” in the run dialog box. This opens the windows titled: System File Checker.
3. Choose “Extract one file from installation disk” option.
4. Type “Wsock32.dll” in the required field.
5. After that, as you strike start menu, Extract File Window opens up. Type c:winxp and press start.
6. If you are asked for the cab file, write the code precopy.cab

Restart your system for the settings to take effect.

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I am receiving error message wsock32.dll is missing

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Have you installed any software before this error occurs?

If you have, try uninstalling it and see if the error still occurs.

If you can't access you PC because of this error then boot in safe mode and try the following.

1. You might accidentally delete the file check your recycle bin and see if you mistakenly delete it.
2. Do a full scan on your PC using an anti virus software although you said you have already tried this.
3. Do a system restore. I personally advice you to do a system restore to undo recent changes.
4. Update your hardware drivers.
5. If you know the program that uses wsock32.dll you can reinstall so it will replace it for you.
6. Check for any available Windows update.
7. Clean your registry using a free system utilities tool.
8. Repair your Windows installation using your Windows XP CD-ROM.
9. Last and final option would be doing a clean install of your OS.

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