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terryxp

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Got a problem with windows messenger, (I believe) hogging resources, and no way to disable it from running. Its not listed in msconfig startup, nor in the registry, i.e., run, run once etc... I used add/remove, windows components, to remove it from the start menu, but that to amount to a whole lot. Still loads with windows, and uses no less than 24k of memory, (see capture) I know there is no way to "remove" windows messenger from my system, but any ideas how to disable it would be great. I also have started getting pop-ups, even when I havent got a browser window open, for like ***** enlargement.................................
 

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Open windows Messenger and go to Tools/ options/ preferences and uncheck "run this program when windows starts"
 

terryxp

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Ya, it IS unchecked... thats the problem, it keeps starting no matter what...
 
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hey terry, not sure if this'll help but i had the same problem, i uninstalled the program and the little ******* came back. So i removed it from selective startup uninstalled it then i went to C:\ program files, found the msmgs folder and deleted the thing and then i did a search and deleted all the files related to the program i could find. after that no problems ;)
 

terryxp

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Thanks, I used a utility called XP-antispy3, which actually uninstalled windows messenger altogether... hooray! Totally gone. I didnt want to just delete it because it may have caused issues with outlook and office or whatever else uses windows mess.
 

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Would you say Windows Messenger is,generally speaking bad news? Does it slow things down(Throughput)?

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terryxp

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Not necessarily... I was having an issue where messenger was using alot of memory all of the sudden, which I think had something to do with windows media player 9, which I would tell everyone to steer clear of for sure, for no other reason than you cannot remove it from your system once you install it, without doing a system restore to a time before you installed wmp9...
 
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