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anneka



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 12:12 am    Post subject: Messenger Service  Reply with quote    

All the time I am online (no broadband) I get a blue box appear on the screen says in the top left hand corner - Messenger Service - and the content it usually something along the lines of "Hi my name is allissia something, something etc...

It's really annoying, please anyone with any suggestions (in english) as to haw to stop this happening.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43966
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just got rid of messenger on my PC a few weeks aho, but I can't remember for the life of me what I did. I'll have a think

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nuking MS Messenger
By Thomas C Greene in Washington
Published Thursday 4th April 2002 13:44 GMT
theregister.co.uk

We've been blessed with scores of memos from readers offering numerous tips for nuking Microsoft Messenger, since we reported that an update which MS is touting as 'critical' sneakily re-installs it.

First, if you're sure you'll never use it, you can take the flamethrower approach and delete the entire Messenger directory (C:\Program Files\Messenger). The problem here is that some future MS 'upgrade' may well re-create the directory for you. You know how helpful MS likes to be.

Next, you might try re-naming the executable, msmsgs.exe to, say, msmsgs.bak, and then re-creating the executable with a blank file. This might (or might not) trick upgrade packages into assuming that your irritating little Messenger is up to snuff.

Another method is to open Start/Run, and type in:
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

The following only applies to XP-Pro:

If you only want to stop it running and prefer to leave it on the machine in case you ever decide to use it, you can go to Start/Run and enter gpedit.msc. Then go to: Computer Configuration/Administrative Template/Windows Components/Windows Messenger/ "Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run" and choose "Enabled".

For XP Home Edition users, MS recommends the following rather complicated routine, which will persuade most users to delete the Messenger directory instead, we're sure. We quote:

1.. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

2.. Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft

3.. On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Messenger for the name of the new registry key.

4.. Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger

5.. On the On the Edit menu, point to New, click Key, and then type Client for the name of the new registry key.

6.. Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client

7.. On the Edit menu, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type PreventRun for the name of the new DWORD value.

8.. Right-click the PreventRun value that you created, click Modify, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.

And we'll note that you should always back-up your registry before hacking it, even with instructions from Redmond.

I haven't had a chance to thank everyone individually for their contributions, but believe me, if I missed you I'm nonetheless grateful for the effort, and El Reg's beloved readers will no doubt appreciate it just as much.

Hats off -- you know who you are.

anneka



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 158

PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you - I used the 'Flamethrower' approach, will let you know if it works. I couldn't do it the other way as it (the computer) wouldn't let me.

Anneka

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 04 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

anneka wrote:
I used the 'Flamethrower' approach


Me too

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 04 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That whole set of instructions, just tells you that something is badly wrong with windows how complicated should it be to stop something running?

jema

anneka



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 158

PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 04 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ok! It didn't work but (really quite excited) I found www.lavasoftusa.com (well was reccomended by techie friend - yes I talked about Star Wars too!) from which you can download Ad-aware (newer version than I had) ....... and a plugin? which manages Messenger and having done the do with that no more flippin unwanted blue boxes hurrah!

Anneka

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