Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Winsock Services

This section provides a tutorial example on how to use Forefront Software Explorer tool to review all Winsock services and their providers on Windows 7 system.

The Software Explorer tool provided by Forefront Client Security can also be used to exam Winsock service drivers and their provider information.

1. Run Forefront Client Security.

2. Click the "Tools" menu, then the "Software Explorer" link You will see a list of startup programs by default.

3. Select "Winsock Service Providers" in "Category". You will see a list of Winsock service drivers that are used to establish network connections for Internet protocols.

4. Locate and click "Tcpip". You will see detailed information about this "Tcpip" driver:

File Name: mswsock.dll
Display Name: Tcpip
Description: Microsoft Windows Sockets 2.0 Service Provider
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Digitally Signed By: Microsoft Windows Verification PCA
File Path: C:\Windows\System32\mswsock.dll
File Size: 231424
File Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7.rtm.090713-1255)
... 

5. Review all other programs in the list and make sure that all providers are known and trusted companies.

The picture below shows you Forefront Software Explorer displaying detailed information of a Winsock service provider on Windows 7 system:
Windows 7: Forefront Explore Winsock Services

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Windows 7: What is Forefront Client Security?

 Windows 7: Forefront Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: Forefront Configuration Settings

 Windows 7: Forefront Full Scan

 Windows 7: Forefront Log Files

 Windows 7: Forefront Software Explorer

 Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Network Programs

Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Winsock Services

 Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials

 Windows 7: What Is Windows Defender

 Windows 7: Turning on Windows Defender

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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