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msmsgs.exe accessing internet

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by thardman, Sep 12, 2003.

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  1. thardman

    thardman Thread Starter

    Sep 12, 2003
    I am using Norton Internet Security on an XP Home system and my Norton's comes up all the time, whether on-line or not, saying that "...../msmsgs.exe is preparing to access the internet". I have disabled the startup of Messenger from "Services" and I have disabled auto start-up from Outlook Express. I guess my questions in order are:
    1) If it has been disabled, how can it be trying to access the internet?
    2) If it really is trying to access the internet, for what purpose?
    3) If it is trying to access the internet automatically and I don't want it to, how do I make it stop?
    4) If it's not really trying to "open a door" that I don't want it to, how can I just make the message stop popping up on my Norton alert bar all the time?
    I appreciate any help anyone has to offer!

    - Tony
  2. Miz


    Jul 1, 2002
    First thing to try is to open Messenger, go into Preferences and uncheck anything referring to its loading on Windows startup.

    If that doesn't work, you can uninstall Messenger completely by going to Start>Run and typing (or copying and pasting from here):

    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    Click OK (or press the Enter key) and Messenger will be gone, never to prod your firewall again.
  3. JenniferLore

    JenniferLore Banned

    Jul 7, 2003
    FYI Thardman:
    The messenger service you disabled has nothing to do with msmsgs.exe

    These are two different applications
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