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XP Messenger Service spam R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by Pete, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. Pete

    Pete New Member

    Aug 31, 2002
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    Apologies if this is old news [​IMG]

    I was wondering why I was suddenly being flooded with all these pop-up messages advertising who knows what...Turns out it was yet another open door Bill left on my box. All better now.


  2. Pastork

    Pastork New Member

    Jun 15, 2002
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    If you want a program that will allow you to easily turn the messenger service on or off, XP-Antispy is a good little program. Here is the description from Nonags:

    "XP-AntiSpy is a little utility that let's you disable some built-in update and authentication 'features' in WindowsXP. For example, there's a service running in the background which is called 'Automatic Updates'. I don't know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. So I play it safe and disable such functions. If you like, you can even disable these function manually, by going through the System and checking or unchecking some checkboxes. This will take you approximately half an hour. But why wasting time when a little neat utility can do the same in 1 minute? This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in WindowsXP"

    Here is the Nonags link (look under the security tools category):


    Steve Gibson has also written a handy little program called "Shoot the Messenger" that will do this. I recommend checking out his website for this and other helpful little utilities.