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What Are the Common Causes of Socket Error 10053?

Antivirus programs and firewalls are often to blame for getting socket error 10053.
It might be necessary to call a computer software company's help line if socket error 10053 occurs often.
In older computers that have not been upgraded, the frequent use of an email program could cause socket error 10053.
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  • Written By: Alex Newth
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 August 2014
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A socket is a port on the computer that opens up and allows the computer to connect with a server. It is during this connection that a variety of socket errors can manifest. The socket error 10053 message is quite rare because, unlike other errors that result from a poor server connection or a problem with the server, the 10053 error comes from the computer attempting to make the connection. This is commonly caused by either antivirus programs or an application error. This type of error can also occur if the server software has not been upgraded since the 1990s.

Antivirus programs and firewalls can become a constant annoyance for some users. For those who upgrade their computers often or install new software, the antivirus software or firewall blocks access because it believes the upgrade or program is malicious. While these programs shield the computer from hackers, they can also cause problems such as the socket error 10053. The first thing a user should do after encountering the 10053 message is temporarily disable the firewall and antivirus protection, and then attempt to make the connection again.

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Another common cause of the socket error 10053 is an application error. This can be something as small as accidentally turning off the program before the server connected to the computer, or simply timing out. Sometimes it is more devastating. An application error can refer to faulty coding or even deeper problems within the computer. If the error message keeps coming up, it may be best to contact the software provider’s customer support.

The third common reason for the socket error 10053 is a lack of upgrades. Some early email server programs used coding that made heavy use of the recycling bin to remove unneeded data. If the email program is infrequently used, this problem will usually not appear. If the email program is used often or is stuffed with emails, then the computer may be unable to handle the high volume of recycling bin requests.

This occurs only in computers that have not been upgraded since the 1990s, because this coding has been fixed and resolved. If the lack of upgrade is the problem, just upgrade the software to the newest version. Some software can be upgraded by clicking an “Upgrade” button or by downloading an upgrade from the manufacturer’s website. Other programs may force the buyer to purchase a new version before the 10053 error will disappear.

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Sporkasia
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I have never experienced the socket error 10053 message appearing on my screen, but winsock errors as a whole are frustrating, especially when you have something important to look up on the Internet and you are rushed for time.

Animandel
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There was a period when I would try to connect to various servers and I would get the Error 10053 message. The frustrating aspect of the message was that it only popped up sometimes. The computer would be fine for a while and then the message would pop up again.

I went online and attempted to determine the cause, so I could repair the problem. After a couple hours reading various possible solutions and trying them out, I finally found a blog that suggested the problem might be connected to my computer's security system. Sure enough, I had recently updated and changed my security system and settings.

Once I made the suggested changes, I didn't see the message again. I'm hoping that continues.

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