How To: Reset WinSock
Do remember to create a system restore point first.
Winsock, is a technical specification that defines how Windows network software should access network services, especially TCP/IP. Windows comes with Dynamic Link Library (DLL) called winsock.dll that implements the API and coordinates Windows programs and TCP/IP connections. But sometimes Windows Sockets or Winsock may get corrupted as a result of which you may not be able to connect to the Internet. It may therefore need to be repaired.
To reset Winsock, open CMD as admin(Press WindowsKey + X while on the Desktop and select Command Prompt(Admin)), type the following and hit Enter.
- netsh winsock reset
- netsh int ipv4
You will then have to restart your computer for changes to take effect.