getting rid of messenger service

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Instructions and/or tool for removing it from XP are HERE , don't know if it will do XP pro though. someone with knowledge of xp/xp pro should be able to tell you.
 

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To stop the problem with the gray boxes that appear on your screen advertising whatever, frequently they are advertising a pop up stopper to stop these pop ups

These are what are called MESSENGER pop ups. They are NOT connected to your instant messenger program but are an administrative tool that allows administrators to send network messages to other users on the same network.
It was designed for internal uses, but the spammers have found out that it works well on the general internet

Best way is if you use a decent firewall then block ports 135,137,138,139,445 both TCP & UDP and both incoming & outgoing, that also stops other unwanted nasties

A list of firewalls is available at http://www.wilders.org/firewalls.htm

Otherwise download shoot the messsenger from http://news.grc.com/stm/ShootTheMessenger.htm

or to manually disable
Windows XP
1. Click on the Start button and open the control panel.
2. Open the Performance and Maintenance control panel and go to Administrative Tools.
3. Now double-click on Services, then scroll to Messenger.
4. Double-click Messenger and click Stop to stop the service.
5. Change the startup type to Disable and click Apply at the bottom.
6. Click OK to exit window.


Windows 2000
1. Click on the Start button -> Settings -> Control Panel.
2. Double click on Administrative Tools.
3. Now double-click on Services, then scroll to Messenger.
4. Double-click Messenger and click Stop to stop the service.
5. Change the startup type to Disable and click Apply at the bottom.
6. Click OK to exit window.
 

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Originally posted by dvk01:
Best way is if you use a decent firewall then block ports 135,137,138,139,445 both TCP & UDP and both incoming & outgoing, that also stops other unwanted nasties

if i block these will it also block the essentials?

which firewall can i use to just block ports with...?
 

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I use kerio Personal firewall and that is configureable enough to either block applications entirely, block specific ports for all programmes or block specific ports for individual programs or applications

None of the ports I have suggested blocking are normally used by a home computer, some might be used on a closed intranet but should always be closed and blocked for the general internet

read up at https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

a list of firewalls and advice about them at
http://www.wilders.org/firewalls.htm
 
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