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How to disable Messenger service.

Are you getting MSN messenger service pop ups? A grey box that can appear as a warning or a solution to a problem you apparently have, these are in fact nothing more than an advertisement. The companies that use this as a way of promoting their products are usually of bad reputation or inferior products.
Messenger service pop ups look like this.

Messenger services are a different application and service to the instant messenger services used for chatting. They are intended to be a way of people sending short messages within their network, e.g., their place of work.
Unfortunately, they also allow anyone to send spam messages which are not only annoying, they can be a security risk.
In order for these to work, a port must be opened to allow them to be sent. This port is set open by Microsoft by default.
Companies selling advertisements, or a company with its own software, can ping a computer's port, with messenger enabled it will respond and accept the message/advert. With messenger disabled, port will not respond, and no message/advertisement will be accepted by the computer.

Several viruses and trojans also look for computers with this port open.

To disable messenger services

Download this free utility to do it for you, Shoot the messenger

Or disable it manually.

Winddows XP
  • Click Start and select Control Panel
  • Double click Administrative Tools
  • Double click Services Scroll to, and highlight Messenger by clicking on the line.
  • Right-click the highlighted line and select Properties.
  • Click the STOP button at 'service status'.
  • At 'Start up type', select disabled
  • Click OK.
Windows 2000
  • Click Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Services
  • Scroll down to, and highlight Messenger
  • Right-click the highlighted line and select Properties
  • .
  • Click the STOP button.
  • At 'Start up type', select disabled
  • Click OK.
Windows 95, 98 and ME.
Messenger service is not a part of these operating systems, but it did have a predecessor which is, called winpopup.
This can be disabled by
  • Click Start then My computer
  • Double click on Add/Remove programmes
  • Click Windows set up then Accessories
  • Scroll down to Winpopup and uncheck it.
Job done, no more messenger pop ups.

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