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#1 markmalone23

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:07 AM

Am using a wireless modem and just recently am unable to get access
Signal is strong and can use iPhone wifi to it, explored cannot display webpage, then I run the diagnostic test and it tells me the winsock catalog is corrupted and I need to restart for the default setting to work. After restart net sometimes works but mostly just gives the same problem.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:18 AM

Hi markmalone23 -
Please try to follow >These Directions< from this MVP site - There are several fixes for that problem on that site -

Thank You -

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:04 AM

Am unable to connect to net. Have wireless modem, so doing this on iPod. Windows error says there is a problem with the Winsock provider catalog and asks reset to default configuration and restart. After doing this, still have the same problem. I have already tried lspfix but that hasn't worked. Have recently run a registry cleaner, and unistalled a few obsolete programs, so I guess I have deleted something?? Please help.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:02 AM

Hello,

I have merged your topic to your previously existing topic on this issue. The log forum is restricted to malware removal, and there is no indication at this point that you have malware.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:52 AM

http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-repair-winsock-if-it-gets-corrupt

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xprepair/thread/5a3dd64b-ffb3-4a30-8fec-79676ecb8b5d

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 07:17 PM

Thanks for the assistance. I will be able to sort it out as soon as I can use my computer at work. No more registry cleaners!!! Cheers.




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