How to Remove Xsocksx.exe Virus

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

Trojan horse viruses are perhaps the most notorious viruses out there. And though everyone’s heard of them, not everybody is fully aware of what they can be capable of. What’s more, like with most bad things in life, we think it’s very far away until it actually happens to us. So, detecting a Trojan horse on your computer can also be quite startling, among other things. How long has it been there? What has it been doing all this time? What kind of damage can you expect to have to deal with now? These are the questions that we have been receiving from users, who have recently encountered a particular Trojan horse representative called Xsocksx.exe. For this reason we have decided to compile the current article and hopefully to some extent provide answers to all your questions. Most importantly, however, we have also created a removal guide, which is to provide you with the necessary steps for the removal of Xsocksx.exe. Be sure to follow the steps carefully, exactly as described in the guide, but not before reading the rest of this article.

What are Trojan horse viruses?

We all know that Trojans are malware, but what does that mean in real world terms? For one, let’s first point out that viruses of this type are the most common kind of malware you will ever encounter. A whopping near 80% of all infections with malware are caused by Trojans and this is no coincidence. It just so happens that Trojan horse viruses possess a number of different attractive qualities that make them especially appealing to hackers and cybercriminals. For example, they can be programmed to achieve a wide variety of different malicious tasks. The Trojan can be quietly nestled in your system, waiting to receive its orders from the hackers behind it and they can literally be anything.

How to Remove Xsocksx.exe Virus



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).



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.


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

In addition to the above, Trojan horse viruses are also incredibly sneaky and can masterfully exploit system weaknesses to creep in. As a matter of fact, one of the more popular usages of malware like Xsocksx.exe is as backdoors for other malware types. Trojans can be used to help other viruses enter your system, and most often these other viruses are the no less terrible and harmful ransomware. Other possible usages of Xsocksx.exe and its kind include, for example, theft. It’s highly common for this particular malware type to be stealing information from its victims to a variety of ends. Your financial details can be sent to the criminals and used to take your money from you; your personal details may be taken advantage of, you social media and other accounts can be hijacked, etc.

Furthermore, a Trojan horse virus can just as easily completely corrupt your system and make it unusable, together with all the data stored on it. But more common purposes would be, for example, resource exploitation. Your computer will likely be of more value to the hackers fully functional than not at all. Trojans can set your computer to start mining cryptocurrencies that it would then later send back to the cybercriminals. Alternatively, they can also set your PC’s resources to work for sending out spam. Or, what’s even worse, your computer can even be infecting other machines with viruses. And just to show you that this scenario isn’t all too unlikely, some 15% of all computers in the world are actually exploited as bots.

So, you can clearly see that Xsocksx.exe can be a genuine danger to both you and your machine. With this in mind, it’s best to not delay the removal of this virus and tend to it immediately as soon as you’re done reading here. But in addition to that, it’s also no less important to fix whatever issues your system may have had that this Trojan used as an entry point. This could have been the lack of an antivirus program or one that has not been updated with the latest virus definitions. And outdated OS can be equally vulnerable, so be sure to always manually install updates when these are available. Also, the type of content you interact with online is very important for maintaining a safe and secure system. Avoid potentially infected or malicious transmitters and web locations at all costs.


Name Xsocksx.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Trojans don’t usually exhibit any symptoms, which is what makes them very difficult to detect
Distribution Method Various malicious transmitters and infected web locations, such as file-sharing platforms, adult websites, 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.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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