Stop the Messenger Pop Up Windows

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franca

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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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Squashman

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Originally posted by franca:
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.
And 2000. Not sure about NT but I would assume so.
 

JohnWill

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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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