A Troubleshooting Guide to Repair the “An Existing Connection Was Forcibly Closed By the Remote Host” Error

Windows offers you a flexible environment to install, and run different applications such as word processors, image editors, media players, security software, etc. on your PC. However, some additional components may also get installed on your PC along with these applications, and may result in PC issues. The blog will help you to understand more about the “An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host” error, and why it may appear after installing certain applications on your PC.

On your Windows PC, there are several system programs, or applications running in the PC background to ensure that you can use the PC efficiently. Sometimes, these programs, or applications get disabled after installing the third party applications on your PC, and the errors may appear on your PC.tech support

Read the complete blog to know how you can remove the error mentioned above from your Windows:

Error Symptoms

On Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2 PC, when you install ‘Mcafee VirusScan,’ the Transport Driver Interface (TDI) filter driver also gets installed. If you are using a program that opens a TCP listening port to accept connections, then you may encounter the following error on your PC:

“WSAECONNRESET (10054) Connection resets by peer.

An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.”

Error Cause

The error occurs because the TCP/IP driver fails to close the incomplete TCP connection. Instead, it sends a message that it is ready to accept data after creating the incomplete TCP connection. Therefore, the program receives the 10054 error’s instance indicating the connection reset.

What Can You Do?An Existing Connection Was Forcibly Closed by the Remote Host

If you are an average PC user, then you may visit your local computer technician to resolve the PC issue. If the local technician is not reachable, then you can also try to contact an online PC expert to avail quick resolution to your computer problem. The advanced PC users can explore various online tech support forums, computer repair guides, etc. to discover the different troubleshooting methods to fix the issue.

Computer Expert Tips to Fix the Error Code

To resolve the error mentioned above, you can browse the Microsoft’s official support website to download, and install the respective ‘Hotfix Download Available’ on the affected PC. After installing the hotfix from the Microsoft’s website, you will need to enable it on your PC. To enable the hotfix, you may need to apply some changes to your PC registry.

System Registry is a crucial part of your computer. If you make any incorrect changes in the PC registry, then it may lead to fatal Windows errors. Therefore, you can also consult with a certified computer technician before applying any changes to PC registry.

If you wish to perform the steps on your own, then refer the following steps to create registry backup, and to enable the hotfix on your PC running Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2:

  1. First to create a backup of your PC registry
  2. Press, and hold ‘Windows’ key, and then press letter ‘R’ on your keyboard to open the ‘Run’ dialog box.
  3. In the ‘Run’ dialog box, type “regedit,” and then click ‘OK’ to open the ‘Registry Editor’ window.
  4. In the ‘Registry Editor’ window, try to locate, and select the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters” registry subkey.
  5. After selecting the subkey, click the ‘File’ menu at the top, and then select ‘Export’ option.
  6. Now, select the location such as Documents, Desktop, etc. on your PC, and type the name of the registry backup file in the ‘File name’ box.
  7. Click ‘Save’ to create the registry backup on your PC.
  8. Once your registry backup gets created, select the   “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters” registry subkey.
  9. If you are using a 32-bit operating system, then right-click the “Parameters” registry subkey, select ‘New’ option, and then click the ‘DWORD Value.’
  10. If you are using a 64-bit operating system, then right-click the “Parameters” registry subkey, select ‘New’ option, and then click the ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value.’
  11. Now, set the new registry name to ‘TdxPrematureConnectIndDisabled’ and then set the value to ‘1.’
  12. Restart the computer after modifying the PC registry.
  13. Check, if the problem gets resolved.

After performing the steps mentioned in the blog, you may not face the same issue on your PC. However, you need to modify the PC registry cautiously as any incorrect modifications may result in system failure. If you face any issue while performing the troubleshooting steps, then you can try to visit your nearest PC repair shop to avail the resolution.


The current blog may help you to resolve “An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host” error on your Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2 PC. The hotfix will only help you to fix a specific PC issue, and it won’t resolve all the problems that you may be facing on your PC. Therefore, you should connect to an online tech support partner to get all your computer problems fixed through a safe and secure channel.


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