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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jagrad, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. jagrad

    jagrad Thread Starter

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    These little grey pop up boxes keep comming up on my computer I saw something on here before on how to fix it was it like blocking ports or something?
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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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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