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For months I’ve been fighting Windows (when I have to use it) to allow me to connect to IRC. I’ve been using XiRCON as a IRC client for a while, and I thought it was something wrong with the client, but after using other clients, I found it wasn’t just XiRCON. Whenever I would try to connect to an IRC network, I would receive this cryptic message:

WSAECONNABORTED (10053) Software caused connection abort

And searching Google only yielded results telling me the TCP/IP specifics, about which I care little. But, alas, I found the problem McAfee Anti-Virus was either blocking the port or causing the problems, because as soon as I disable the run-time scanning service, *boom* back on IRC.

Hopefully, Google will index this page and help some other poor soul searching for the right answer.

4 Responses to “Windows XP / IRC Problem solved”

  1. Raj Says:

    so, tonight I was trying to think of a song, and you’re the only person I can think of that might be able to tell me what it was. It was sung by a female singer, was kind of a dance mix, and was a remake of an older song by Peter Gabriel (I think?). I heard it with you on your computer the first time I ever heard it, so that’s why I thought you might know.

  2. Raj Says:

    well, I’m not much of a cigar smoker, so it’s alright that I didn’t get mine. But hopefully you are a smoker, joker, or at least a midnight toker because that is in fact the song of which I was thinking.

    what’s life like for you these days? do you have time to hang out sometime?

  3. Raj Says:

    sorry I haven’t gotten back to you in a while. graduation week was crazy and all. I’m back in town now for the summer (if not longer). Perhaps now we can get together.

    How’s the new job?


  4. Daniel Says:

    You might find this site useful too, as it allows sorting of the list of error codes by number, code or description.
    Winsock error codes list.

    It gives full details for each error, for example:
    10053 aka WSAECONNABORTED etc.


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