Websock.exe Virus Removal (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Websock.exe Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If your system has been invaded by a Trojan horse virus under the name of Websock.exe Virus, then you’re exposed to some pretty serious danger. As a matter of fact, and without trying to alarm you, Trojans happen to be the most hazardous type of malware in existence. They’ve been around for decades, every person has likely heard of them and they’re also the malware group comprising the largest number of individual variants. Websock.exe is just one of the latest ones. Luckily for you, however, we have designed a special removal guide that will help you successfully locate and delete this virus from your computer. You can find it just below the following article, and if you find that you don’t trust your computing skills enough to complete this delicate task, we also have a professional removal tool, which will do the job for you just a few minutes. Whatever you decide to use, please read through the information that follows so you at least have a better understanding of what you may be up against.

What can a Trojan like Websock.exe Virus do?

There’s no one way to answer the above question. The thing is that Trojan horse viruses are perhaps the most flexible virus type in terms of the awful tasks they are capable of executing on their victims’ computers. That’s also why this malware category has become so prevalent on the plains of the internet and so popular with hackers and cyber criminals. With this in mind, we can’t exactly tell you why Websock.exe is on your PC, what its goal there is and what kind of damage it will cause you. But we can tell you what these viruses are most commonly programmed to achieve, so that you at least know what you’re dealing with.

To begin with, Trojans can infiltrate your computer with the intention of using its resources. This, in turn, could be for the purpose of sending out spam messages or infecting other computers within its network. Not to mention that a virus like Websock.exe could also be acting as a backdoor for some other type of malware, typically ransomware. And if the former couldn’t make your life miserable, the latter certainly will. Besides that viruses of this type can also be used to steal information from you. They can redirect your entire traffic to the hackers’ servers and they will, in turn, gain access to absolutely everything you use the internet for: online banking, communication, etc. – all of this will become the domain of third party criminals, who can be using this data for their own gain.

Websock.exe Virus Removal



Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:



Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Following the same logic and applying similar tactics, a Trojan can also provide its masters with remote access to your computer for the purpose of spying on you. They can log your keystrokes, hack your webcam and mic, monitor your screen and even track your location. Another possibility involves file destruction. For whatever reason, the criminals behind this virus could have sent this ‘assassin’ to you in order to delete a certain file or several files. But it can just easily format your disks and drives, deleting everything that was ever on them. Not to mention that a virus like Websock.exe can even destroy your system, rendering it completely unusable.

Malicious software of this type is capable of much more than what we’ve just listed here, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t cover it all within this article. What’s important is that you use the tools provided here to remove Websock.exe from your system. And after that you can see to it that you provide your system with all the necessary means of protection, in order to avoid getting infected again. You can start by installing all the latest updates for your OS, as well as updating any software that may require it. Failing to do so could make you more liable to outside threats. Consider also installing a new (better) antivirus program that will be able to detect infections like this. In addition, you can also help your computer by avoiding all the most typical sources of Trojans and other malware types. These are usually spam emails, malvertisements and infected downloadable content. Do your best to steer clear of these and limit your access to potentially dangerous websites.


Name Websock.exe
Type Trojan/Miner
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms You’re not likely to experience any symptoms of a Trojan horse infection, but occasionally one might cause frequent system crashes. 
Distribution Method Malicious online ads, infected downloadable content, spam emails and their attached files, etc.  
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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