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Windows 7: i believe my winsock may be corrupt

23 Apr 2012   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64 w/SP1

Turns out i didn't even need an ISO there was a system image i guess on the recovery partition. I did a minimized image recovery through HP Recovery Manager. So Windows was re-loaded and i'm no longer having the issue, however i never did get to the root of my problem which i was really hoping to do. i don't really like leaving things like this unsolved.

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24 Apr 2012   #12

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Glad to hear things are working again.

But yet another unsolved computer mystery.
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24 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64 w/SP1

would you lock this thread please? I don't think it's quite appropriate to mark it as solved.
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23 Nov 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64 w/SP1

It's been a long time coming, but I think I've figured this out:
The entries in winsock are labeled like so:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\WinSock2\Parameters\Protocol_Catalog9\Catalog_Entri es\000000000008]

When Covenant Eyes was installed, it added its winsock values to the beginning of all the entries, offsetting the number at the end of the name of the original keys by 10. Of course, when I manually removed Covenant Eyes, those numbers weren't restored to their original values, and I believe that's what was causing all of the issues.

In my most recent experiment with Covenant Eyes, I made backups of every file and registry key I was deleting. I then installed windows 7 x64 onto a virtual machine, and made a backup of the virtual machine's vanilla winsock registry keys. I transferred the backup to my host machine, and used that to restore my host machine's winsock catalog.

I compared the winsock with the CE entries simply removed to the vanilla winsock, and the only difference between the two was the offset by 10.

I've attached exports of the two winsocks for whoever may be interested

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02 Jun 2015   #15

Windows Home Premium 64bit
Thank You!!!

Thank You! Thank You so much! I had just the same problem and truth to tell I got really desperate! I was about to reinstall my Windows but I was lucky to come across this thread! I simply replaced all those corrupted winlsock registry entries with the ones from my other PC and it worked! I You're the man! Your vivid curiosity and wit helped me so much! Thanks again!
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18 Jun 2015   #16

windows 7 64 bit

Adware Cleaner and ccleaner both worked for me it will fix your internet. I don't know how or why
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16 Jan 2016   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you for your registry analysis. I'm another one you helped with this particular problem
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