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Anyone know what this is? (pesky advertising messages)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by yoshi, May 25, 2003.


  1. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Hi, since I got my pc back and have been online messages keep appearing similar to websites pop up ads even though I'm not actually browsing the interent.

    My brother thinks its something from the new msn messenger that allows people (spammers) to send messages to people who arent on their list, which may make sense as the title in the blue header reads messenger service.

    Heres a screen shot of one, they have ranged from 'hi im looking for a partner' to 'go here for xx porn' etc..
     
  2. That's the internal Windows messenger system. Microsoft leaves it there for corporate network types for alerts. To disable it in W2K or XP:

    Right click My Computer, go to manage, expand the
    Services + Applications index, then expand Services. There is a listing called Messenger. Right click, go to properties, then Disable it. That should take care of it.
     
  3. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Nice one, thanks a lot cheif!
     
  4. :D
     
  5. My friend Steve has the same problem - we can't figure out what it is but we came to the same conclusion as you pretty much. Ive never had a problem with them...yet
     
  6. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Every time I get those pop-up messages I run Ad-aware, and I always find that 2 or 3 spyware components have been placed on my computer. When I remove them, the messages stop. If you only disable the Messenger service, you won't get the messages, but you will still have the spyware on your computer. Ad-aware is free and simple to use.
     
  7. But these messages are because of a service built into windows to allow for administrators to broadcast messages. Surely ad-aware shouldn't remove legitimate components?
     
  8. lneal

    lneal

    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    I second the use of Ad-Aware. Also, I used to have those damn things on my screen too. A grey box with some kind on crap I didn't ask for. Since I installed Zone Alarm Pro, Those things never come up anymore.
     
  9. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    what about how to disable it on windows 98?

    bobby
     
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Messenger Service cannot be disabled on Windows 98. Even if you could, Microsoft recommends that you do not disable Messenger service, and instead use a firewall.
     
  11. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Ad-aware doesn't remove legitimate components, it removes spyware. The Messenger service is not affected.