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  1. michael_jii

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    how do i get rid of messenger service on windows xp PRO??
     
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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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    if i block these will it also block the essentials?

    which firewall can i use to just block ports with...?
     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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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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    ok thanks.
     
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