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  1. #1
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    Annoying MSN popup messages - READ HERE HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!

    In the past days MSN appears to have released a new service and it seems like it's installed by default. I'm not sure if this has actually just started, or that it only hit me recently, but it's been annoying the crap out of me. I believe only Windows XP users can be 'targetted'.

    To Get Rid of the Annoying PopUp Ads:

    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel (or point to Settings, and then click Control Panel).
    2. Double-click Administrative Tools.
    3. Double-click Services.
    4. Double-click Messenger.
    5. In the Startup type list, click Disabled.
    6. Click Stop, and then click OK.

    Note that this will only disable to annoying messages, not MSN itsellf.

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    Spammers have been using this exploit for quite a while.
    Messenger process is not related at all to Microsoft messenger. It is an admin utility to send out messages on a network.

    Sleezy little spammers discovered a way to exploit it. You don't even have to have a browser open.

    It is a good idea to follow the instructions that Apoc has posted though.

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    Thanks Apoc you just made my day

    any other option to stop the MSN today window also ?
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    Originally posted by Bashar
    Thanks Apoc you just made my day

    any other option to stop the MSN today window also ?

    Blue is correct, what Apoc wrote has nothing to do with MSN. Just wanted to clarify before wrong information is spread.

    MSN Messenger has NOTHING to do with the Messenger service that Apoc wrote about. The Messenger service is used in conjunction with the "Net Send" command in Windows O/S (not just XP) to send messages to networked PCs, etc.

    People have been exploiting the Messenger service (I thought it was fixed in the almost recent Windows XP patches). Just to be safe, people should follow Apoc's steps to preventing the spam. But just remember, it has nothing to do with MSN messenger.
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    Originally posted by Bashar
    Thanks Apoc you just made my day

    any other option to stop the MSN today window also ?
    Bashar,

    This will stop MSN today from popping up.

    http://help.msn.com/!data/en_us/data...omatically.htm

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    thanks svdorr
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    before disabling services without knowing what they are actually doing I suggest you check out this web site.
    http://www.blackviper.com/WIN2K/servicecfg.htm

    HL

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    so what Apoc mentioned might harm other services?
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    Originally posted by Bashar
    so what Apoc mentioned might harm other services?

    No disabling the messenger service is harmless. I believe Hostlead is just speaking in general.
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    Thanks a lot guys, those ad's very really getting on my nerves...they don't close all that easy either.

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    wow cool..
    THanks.
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    this is pretty old...

    Make sure your not vulnerable by typing this in command prompt
    "netsend localhost hi"
    If you get a popup that says "hi" then you need to disable the service.
    Otherwise, your safe!

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    i dont have the netsend in my PATH seems to be

    is it built in with winXP ?
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    i think it wont work if its disabled.
    And netsend is defaulty on in winXP.

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    I deleted messenger when we got the other computer.......

    I just went into programs and deleted the folder!!!!!!!

    The Dude

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    the dude, we're talking about the network messenger service here.

    try `net send`, not `netsend`
    Gone.

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    That what im talking about!!!!!!

    The thing with 2 people in task bar,i deleted it!!!!!!

    The Dude

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    !!!!!

    The Dude you're smoking something ?


    why DELETE try UNINSTALL!

    yet better FORMAT and install Redhat!
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    Just so everyone is clear, we are discussing two seperate things here.

    1. The windows messenger service which is part of the OS. It is used for sending and receving messages via net send and alerter service. Also a target of spammers, hence the reason people disable it. It is all right to disable this service.

    2. The MSN Messenger software, which is a GUI instant messaging software that runs in your system tray. That is what produces the MSN Today that Bashar wanted to disable. Also perfectly fine to uninstall if you want.

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    IM TALKING ABOUT #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I DELETED IT BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!

    The Dude

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    just kidding Dude no offence
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    Originally posted by The Dude_
    IM TALKING ABOUT #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I DELETED IT BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!

    The Dude
    You're still talking about #2. "Going into programs and deleting the folder." ?

    This is a Windows service, it doesn't come in its own folder. I believe Messenger service runs under the executable "services.exe"...but anyway,

    There are 3 things contrary to popular belief:
    1) Windows Messenger: The OLD MSN Messenger that is installed by default in Windows XP Operating systems (has icon of 2 people's heads)
    2) MSN Messenger: Microsoft's newly renamed MSN Messenger program (same as #1, instant messenger software) (has icon of butterfly thing)
    3) Messenger service: The thing that we are talking about in this thread. It is a Windows service, built into the Operating system. It doesn't come in any programs folder. The proper way to disable it is to use the method people have posted above. The way to test it is to use the 'net send (localhost or your IP) hi'. It is 'net send' with a space, not 'netsend'.

    I think that about sums it up and should disspell further confusion
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    sorry about that mix up..
    i forgot the space!
    DOH! lol

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    Originally posted by Bashar
    so what Apoc mentioned might harm other services?
    Yeah I figured out a bit late that it didn't have to do with MSN, I just assumed that and found out I was wrong later. However, disabling this messenger won't harm other services.

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    For those a little unsure of yourselves, use this little program to disable it.. It will tell you if it's running or not, and will give you the option to disable it if it is.



    http://grc.com/stm/shootthemessenger.htm

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    Even easier

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    No, Dude, the thing with 2 people in the taskbar is MSN, not "Messenger". You need to disable messenger the way that he was talking about, it's not deletable. Can we please stop talking about MSN!
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