Repairing Winsock in Win9x, 2000 - manually do this:

Open Network settings

1.) Remove all protocols or everything EXCEPT leave the NIC Adapter

2.) Click Apply & Close the Properties box, but on reboot notice, hit Cancel...
do not reboot!

3.) Open Regedit and delete these keys:


also ..scroll down delete


close regedit

4.) Open Network Properties again, and Click ADD - PROTOCOL - MicroSoft/TCPIP
**should Add Client for MS Networks Automatically**

Have your Windows CD ready or the CAB files, Reboot and Should be good.

NOTE: Simply removing the Protocols in Network settings will not work because those registry entries stay, even if you have no network at all. Once deleted, putting the TCP/IP protocol back in , basically rebuilds the TCP from scratch, it is the same as when Windows was first installed clean.

Also any speed patches to TcpRWin values & MTU will be reset back to Windows defaults. Windows 95 may not have all these keys available, just delete whichever ones are matching this desciption.

With Windows 2000 and XP, this was not possible, due to the fact that TCP could not be removed or uninstalled, and even if the Winsock keys in the registry were deleted, they will recreate themselves, but with no relevant data, therefore making them useless. But after much research in this matter, it was found, that these Winsock Registry keys, were of a Global nature, and not unique to any particular machine.... meaning they could be transplanted from a working computer, to a broken one.

Other factors can play a part in successfully restoring these winsock values, such as disabling the network adapter before the import of the new Registry keys. Also with Windows XP came the very handy "netsh.exe" with the command line to Reset TCP. Although this will reset TCP settings, also removing any tweaks and other modifications done, it does not touch the registry Winsock keys.

The most common symptom would be a Valid IP address, but no ability to view any Web pages, as well as the "" IP address symptom common to XP.

1.) From the command line enter the following:

Netsh ip int reset c:\resetlog.txt

2.) These 2 Registry keys will need to be replaced with known good ones.


The next hurdle, would have to be the "Hosts" file. This file (having no extension) and residing in "Windows\Hosts" for Windows 95 - Me versions and "WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\Hosts" for Windows XP. Often this file (blank by default) can become littered with entries, and again, after the removal of Third Party Advertising Clients, that were installed as bundled software with many

P2P file Sharing programs, this "Hosts" file retains entries that may be no longer valid. Generally resulting in some web pages and Domains coming up "Blank".

The VB Winsockfix Utility will:
1.) Detect your current Operating System
2.) Release the IP address, taking you "Offline"
3.) Reset the TCP stack using Netsh.exe (Windows XP only)
4.) Delete the current Registry TCP and Winsock Values
5.) Import new "Working" Registry Values
6.) Backup any Current "Hosts" file
7.) Replace the "Hosts" file with a default one
8.) Reboot the Computer

No one should rely on "Quick Fixes" to resolve their connection issues, only by taking responsibility for the software you allow to be installed, can you protect yourself from re-occurring problems.

A Google search for information relating to "SpyWare" can usually point the curious, in the right direction to get an understanding of why some programs seem "Free" in cost, but you end up paying with damage to your system settings, Background running Programs, whose only purpose is to plaque the User with non-stop Pop-up advertising, and an overall drain on system resources.

VB WinsockFix was written and designed


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