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Old 03-13-2004, 11:05 AM   #11
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I get a different type of message, they're from "messenger service" on my older machine with XP. I get one a minute usually, and you have to click "ok" for all the different windows that pop up. This is really pissing me off because since it'* in the form of a 'prompt' you can't just ignore it, you can't do anything else until you click 'ok.' These ones are horrible, I get so many and you have to click ok through them all, they only show up when connected to the internet. I can't figure out how to turn off the damn 'messenger service' but it'* driving me nuts!
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http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article03-300

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Stop Pop-Up Spam Messages

Intended For
Windows XP
Windows 2000

In a new low, spammers are now abusing a seemingly-innocuous feature in Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems to place pop-up messages on systems with high-speed connections to the Internet.
The NET command is used to send such messages (e.g. net send * Hello World), and the messenger service (different than Windows Messenger) allows users to receive such text messages. By default, it is running and active on all Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. Here'* how to turn it off:


Open the Services window (services.msc).
Double-click the Messenger entry in the list.
Click Stop to close the service.
Select Disabled from the Startup type list to prevent it from loading automatically the next time Windows starts.
Close the Services window when you're done.

Once it has been disabled, you will no-longer receive such messages. Note that many firewalls also prevent this type of data from reaching your computer in the first place, but it certainly can't hurt to turn off the service anyway.
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Old 03-13-2004, 11:41 AM   #13
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< Ad-aware and Spybot here. Downloaded AVG at the same time because my Norton had expired. Don't accept many cookies, either. Worked like a charm (once I got all the crap quarantined).

Good luck.
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http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article03-300

Quote:
Stop Pop-Up Spam Messages

Intended For
Windows XP
Windows 2000

In a new low, spammers are now abusing a seemingly-innocuous feature in Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems to place pop-up messages on systems with high-speed connections to the Internet.
The NET command is used to send such messages (e.g. net send * Hello World), and the messenger service (different than Windows Messenger) allows users to receive such text messages. By default, it is running and active on all Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. Here'* how to turn it off:


Open the Services window (services.msc).
Double-click the Messenger entry in the list.
Click Stop to close the service.
Select Disabled from the Startup type list to prevent it from loading automatically the next time Windows starts.
Close the Services window when you're done.

Once it has been disabled, you will no-longer receive such messages. Note that many firewalls also prevent this type of data from reaching your computer in the first place, but it certainly can't hurt to turn off the service anyway.
thank you so much man! I owe ya one. Pop-up B-gone!
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