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What Is Winsock?

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#1 pac73


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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:21 PM

Ive just noticed something about winsock in c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ is this bad?And should i delete it.Its called,afd.sys.Ancillary function driver for winsock.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:52 PM

This file belongs to the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Therefore its trustworthy. But it has a 6% chance of being malware because malware rename them selves as afd.sys. Though deleting it is not recommended. And the malware file is usaully in the folder system32, but not in the folder drivers.

Edited by Nat Sci, 24 May 2006 - 05:54 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:58 PM

Winsock is an Application Programming Interface (API) for developing Windows programs that can communicate with other machines via the TCP/IP protocol. As Nat Sci stated the winsock.dll is a Microsoft Windows file that provides the interface to TCP/IP services and allows Windows to use Web browsers and FTP programs.
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Posted 25 May 2006 - 05:37 PM

Ok,so its legit.I guess ill leave it then.

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