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Old 01-12-04, 12:34 PM
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How do I get rid of Windows Messenger?

I just recently bought a new PC with Windows XP. Windows Messenger keeps opening up when I go to use Outlook Express. How do I get it to stop or how do I uninstall it? I looked in my add/remove programs but it's not there on the list.
Old 01-12-04, 01:10 PM
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Add/Remove Programs->Add/Remove Windows Components
Old 01-12-04, 01:43 PM
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You also might want to do this:
Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Services

Messenger --> Disable

This will keep annoying spam popups from happening on your machine.
Old 01-12-04, 05:07 PM
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I think we're talking about two different things here. Disabling Messenger as BigDave advised is necessary, but it's not the same Messenger as the instant messanger program that launches with Outlook Express. That program can be removed, I don't think the other Messanger can.
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Here is the program myself and all of my friends use to remove MSN Messenger..

Come with a file to remove it and one to put it back on if for some reason you decide you want it back.

http://www.eden.rutgers.edu/~jpgeige...val%20tool.zip


It's safe to use. If it wasnt I would have been banned a long time ago for telling people to use it.

The program will remove MSN Messenger from your PC and stop it from opening up every time you open anything in Windows.


Originally posted by Mr. Salty
I think we're talking about two different things here. Disabling Messenger as BigDave advised is necessary, but it's not the same Messenger as the instant messanger program that launches with Outlook Express. That program can be removed, I don't think the other Messanger can.

You are talking about the Messenger Service for Windows XP. That is what spammers are now using to send ads to people computer. That one can and SHOULD be stopped. To do that right click on "My Computer", go to manage, then go to services and applications, then to services, then find the one that is called "Messenger" and set it's startup option to disabled.

Everyone should disable that one. It's a security hole in Windows and lets people send ads directly to your IP address and you cant do a thing about them.. unless you disable the service.

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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
I think we're talking about two different things here. Disabling Messenger as BigDave advised is necessary, but it's not the same Messenger as the instant messanger program that launches with Outlook Express. That program can be removed, I don't think the other Messanger can.
Windows Messenger can most definitely be removed, and is what he asked about. Add/Remove Programs->Add/Remove Windows Components. Check the box for Windows Messenger.

The service cannot be removed (but it can be stopped).
Old 01-13-04, 12:08 PM
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check my thread...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=167158


this is the easiest way to do it....just copy and paste into your run box.

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Old 01-13-04, 10:06 PM
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Originally posted by TheSilverSurfer
check my thread...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=167158


this is the easiest way to do it....just copy and paste into your run box.
I did it. Worked perfect. Thanks.
Old 01-14-04, 09:23 AM
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I beleive there's an option in Outlook and Outlook Express to enable Instant Messaging, which loads Messanger when you open your email. You can usually go into Tools -> Options -> Other and Disable Instant Messaging (uncheck the box.)
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SilverSurfer, you rock. I've been trying to get rid of that crap for months now. That worked like a charm.
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Originally posted by noonan4224
SilverSurfer, you rock. I've been trying to get rid of that crap for months now. That worked like a charm.
Your Welcome.

So lazy folks don't have to click to my thread just copy and paste this into your run box.....works everytime...

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

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