Remove SystemSockets

SystemSockets is classified as an adware-type program. It is not surprising that a lot of computer users refer to it as a virus, because it alters their browser settings without asking for permission. SystemSockets gets distributed via freeware and shareware bundles, however, it can also be downloaded from its official page. SystemSockets often takes advantages of system loopholes to come bundled with adware, worms and malware. PUPs do not “infect” systems. They may be installed by a user individually or possibly as a part of a software package (in a bundle, for example).
We recognize that SystemSockets may have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized administrator has knowingly installed this application. If you agreed to a license agreement for this or another bundled application, you may have legal obligations with regard to removing this software, or to using the host application without this software. SystemSockets is not a virus, it is detected as a “potentially unwanted program” (PUP). PUPs are any piece of software that a reasonably security- or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of and, in some cases, remove. PUPs are often made by a legitimate corporate entity for some beneficial purpose, but they alter the security state of the computer on which they are installed, or the privacy posture of the user of the system, such that most users will want to be aware of them.

SystemSockets is adware which is bundled using custom installers and dropped on your computer during the installation process. Most users have no idea how this threat is installed on there computer and what it is, until their Antivirus or Anti-Malware software detects it as a malicious threat or virus. Follow our instruction to remove this threat and protect your computer against another virus or adware infection.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as SystemSockets. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How did SystemSockets install on my computer?

SystemSockets is available for download on its official website, however, the developers also use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software) to install SystemSockets without users' permission. This method is effective since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading or installing software. They skip most/all of the procedure steps, unaware that apps such as SystemSockets are hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing installation, they inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download your chosen software from a trusted source - usually, the official website. When downloading from a freeware download website, closely analyze each step of the download procedure and opt-out of all additionally-included applications. Furthermore, applications should be installed with caution. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and enable you to cancel them.

How to Remove SystemSockets

ByteFence Anti-Malware is a free removal program designed to remove SystemSockets as well as other malware and adware on your computer. ByteFence scan and removal is 100% free. Please follow the steps below to allow ByteFence to automatically find and remove any traces of malware.

Step 1. Download ByteFence Anti-Malware from the link below. Save the file named bytefence-installer.exe to your Desktop so that we can easily access the file.

Download ByteFence AntiMalware

Step 2. After downloading, navigate to the file bytefence-installer.exe and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install icon

Step 3. On initial launch of the ByteFence program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer setup welcome screen

Step 4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before ByteFence Anti-Malware can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer license screen

Step 5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display ByteFence Anti-Malware Setup Completed. Just leave the Launch ByteFence checked and, click Finish.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install er setup complete

Step 6. Once launched, ByteFence will begin scanning your computer for SystemSockets along with other malware, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and potentially unwanted software. The initial scan will take about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your computer. During this scan process you can close or minimize the window. Once the scan has completed it will notify you.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware scanning for SystemSockets

Step 7. After the scan completes you will be presented with a a number of detected malware if your computer turns out to be infected with SystemSockets along with other risks. You can scroll through the list of all risks detected and check all risks that you would like ByteFence to automatically remove from your computer. (Please not the screen below will be dependent of what risks are found on your computer.)

ByteFence Anti-Malaware detection of SystemSockets

Step 8. In the bottom right hand corner of the window click the Removed Checked button to begin the removal process. This should take only a few moments.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware removing SystemSockets

Step 9. Once complete your computer will be risk free and SystemSockets should be completely removed. if you have run a quick scan you might want to run a full scan afterwards to make sure any left-over items are removed as well (although items are no longer active you might want to remove them too).

Step 10. Just keep ByteFence installed and its real-time protection and schedule scans will keep your computer safe from now on.



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