In my years of experience, if I have to put a list of great tools for troubleshooting, winsockfix will certainly be one of those right at the top of it. Winsocfix fixes the winsock settings on your Windows XP machine. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings. If you encounter connection problems after removing network related software, Adware or after registry clean-up; and all other ways fail, then give WinSock XP Fix a try. It can create a registry backup of your current settings, so it is fairly safe to use. We actually tested it on a test machine that was having a Winsock problem due to some Adware removal, and after running the utility and rebooting, the connectivity was restored. Winsocfix can work in Windows 2000 and Windows XP and can be downloaded from here Technorati Profile
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