Suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) is a critical regulator of cytokine signaling and immune responses. SOCS1-deficient mice develop severe inflammatory disease, but are very resistant to viral infections. Using neutralizing antibody to type I interferon (IFN-alpha and IFN-beta) and mice deficient in interferon-gamma or type I interferon receptor components (IFNAR1 or IFNAR2), we demonstrate here that SOCS1 deficiency amplified type I interferon antiviral and proinflammatory actions independently of interferon-gamma. The mechanism of the suppression of type I interferon responses by SOCS1 was distinct from that of other cytokines. SOCS1 associated with and regulated IFNAR1- but not IFNAR2-specific signals, abrogating tyrosine phosphorylation of transcription factor STAT1 and reducing the duration of antiviral gene expression. Thus, SOCS1 is an important in vivo inhibitor of type I interferon signaling and contributes to balancing its beneficial antiviral versus detrimental proinflammatory effects on innate immunity.