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[Resolved] Messenger Service pop-ups

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MousePotato, Sep 28, 2003.

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  1. MousePotato

    MousePotato Thread Starter

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    Hi all - I am running Windows2000. I am constantly getting MESSENGER SERVICE pop-ups about getting rid of pop-up ads. They appear in gray boxes. Any ideas on how to stop them from popping up? Thanks!
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    There are any number of ways to fix it. For example, just go to Administrative Tools > Services profile, find the "messenger service", double click to see its properties and set it to "disabled"

    Or you can let Steve Gibson do it for you:

    http://grc.com/stm/ShootTheMessenger.htm
     
  3. 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

    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.
     
  4. MousePotato

    MousePotato Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much - I went in and manually disabled it. You're a lifesaver. My entire family thanks you!! This website is wonderful. Have a great week!
     
  5. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    :cool:

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