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Stop the Messenger Pop Up Windows

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by franca, Sep 28, 2003.

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  1. franca

    franca Thread Starter

    Aug 26, 2002
    Recently, many listeners have asked how to get rid of the annoying messenger pop-up windows they receive when online. This problem affects only Windows XP users. These messenger pop-ups are NOT related to the MSN Messenger service used for instant messaging. These messages are unsolicited advertisements where the advertiser utilizes a function of Windows XP called the Messenger Service.
    The purpose of the Messenger Service is to alert users on a local network (like a business) to announcements and company information. However, some advertisers have figured out a way to use this service as a way of popping ads in front of our eyeballs. Follow this weeks tip to stop these unwanted and unnecessary ads.

    RIGHT Click on My Computer
    Click Manage
    Click Services and Applications from the left side of screen
    Double-Click Services on the right side Scroll down on the right until you see Messenger in the list (alphabetically) and Double click on it
    In the dropdown menu marked Startup Type on the general tab, click and choose Disabled.
    Click the Stop button under Service Status
    Click OK
    Close these Windows
    These steps will stop the Messenger ads and pop-ups permanently


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  2. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    And 2000. Not sure about NT but I would assume so.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    However, this is bad advice, because they don't address the real problem! If you're getting Messenger ads, you need a firewall, not a simple hack to disable the one warning you were getting. You are treating the symptom, not the disease. :rolleyes:
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