Microsoft KB Archive/168812

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Article ID: 168812

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168812


After you install Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 you may get a Dr. Watson error in Spools.exe and Services.exe. The error message occurs after you log on to the computer. It can also cause the system to stop responding before logging on. This, and several other error messages, can be attributed to Starfish Internet monitoring agent that installs a file called Nmsocknt.dll.


Nmsocknt.dll makes calls to User32.dll, Kernel32.dll, and Wsock32.dll that effectively stops all networking services.


Rename the Nmsocknt.dll found in the %SystemRoot% directory to You must perform this at a command prompt because Windows NT Explorer will display an access violation. Then shutdown and restart your Windows NT computer to resume normal operation.


The third-party product discussed here is manufactured by Starfish Software, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

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Additional query words: Windows NT SP3 Starfish Dr.Watson C0000005 nmsocknt.dll

Keywords: kb3rdparty kbsetup KB168812