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Annoying messenger popups

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84_Chevy_K10, May 11, 2003.

  1. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    We talked about getting rid of these last week in Windows XP, but how do I do it in Windows 2000?
     
  2. landsmasher

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    I'd like to know that too. So far I have only seen programs that cost money... I don't like being held hostage. This is just like the kid that shows up at your door and says "Hey Mister, For a buck I'll make sure your wheels don,t get stolen" /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    how is it done in XP?
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

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    how is it done in XP?

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    Do a search. something about the msconfig file and unchecking a box.
     
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    how is it done in XP?

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    The AK-47 assault rifle. The preferred weapon of our enemy. It makes a distinctive sound when fired.
     
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    We talked about getting rid of these last week in Windows XP, but how do I do it in Windows 2000?

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    OK, I don't have Win2k, but I helped someone do this who does, so I think this might work. Since win2k doesn't have msconfig, you just have to get to the Services manager from Control Panel. Try this:

    0) Panic
    1) Go to Control Panel
    2) Go to Administrative Tools
    3) Go to Services
    4) Right click on "Messenger Service" then choose properties
    5) I don't remember exactly what the option is called, but somewhere you should see the word "automatic." Go to that box (i believe it's a drop-down menu) and choose "Disabled."
    6) Enjoy (hopefully)
     
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    Thank you so much!!! I did it and I doubt I'll see another annoying popup messege.
     
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    Thanks! Now let's see if it works... I think it will...

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    FYI, if you guys are seeing popups via windows messenger, it means someone is able to communicate with your computer directly, unsolicited, over the internet.

    You should look into a firewalling device of some sort, even a $60 Linksys router that supports NAT should be enough.

    To see how exposed you are, go to http://www.grc.com , and try his Shields Up scan, and the Port Scan or probe (even though I could click over and see, I forget exactly what it is at the moment)... Sometimes I think his explanations are a little dramatic, you should be cautious of what you use the computer for if you're directly (no in-between filter) connected to the internet.

    I just had a fight with a virus (worm) that made it's way in through security holes in Windows and weak passwords, it came in through windows networking, not even over email, so I wouldn't be too surprised to find out it's doing the same to home users over cable and dsl modems.

    P.S. Always keep your virus definitions up to date!
     
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    Didn't work just got one... /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    P.S. Always keep your virus definitions up to date

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    I totally agree /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif. Also, make sure to use Windows Update once in a while. It has security patches for Windows and apps such as IE and Outlook.
     
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    Well I haven't gotten a pop up yet. I keep up with the patches. No problems so far.
     

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