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How to eliminate socketlock driver problems

The socketlock.sys (Raw Socket Lock driver) file is a Windows driver. Generally, drivers are used by Windows to enable internal components like graphic cards and drives, or external devices, such as printers, backup media or input devices.
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The socketlock.sys process is also known as Raw Socket Lock Driver and is a part of Raw Socket Lock Driver. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of socketlock.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about socketlock.sys Raw Socket Lock driver

socketlock.sys is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Socketlock.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. The file size is 3,712 bytes.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. There is no internal description of the file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. Socketlock.sys was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. socketlock.sys appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 50% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves socketlock.sys. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about socketlock?

Socketlock is available at Gibson Research Center www.grc.com. It prevents the logged in user from accessing raw sockets left open by Windows. Its purpose is to help prevent someone using your computer without your knowledge. It was written to demonstrate a simple way to close a security flaw in Win XP. Hopefully this has been corrected by Microsoft updates.
Monte Staples
socketlock.sys prevents users from using raw sockets for nasty stuff.
socketlock.sys is most likely from grc.com's socketlock application to lock out raw sockets.
Obsolete with xp SP2...no longer needed
chris hayes

Summary: 4 users judge socketlock.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall Raw Socket Lock Driver

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To remove Raw Socket Lock driver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Raw Socket Lock Driver in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if socketlock.sys (Raw Socket Lock driver) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Raw Socket Lock driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Raw Socket Lock driver or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or socketlock.sys is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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