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Messenger Alerts

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Link, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. Link

    Link Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2004
    A friend of mine's computer keeps having these messages popup in the center of the screen on the computer saying messenger alert and then some sex message and you have to click ok or X it off. Someimtes there are 3 or 4 one after the other. It has become very annoying but they don't know how to get it off. They run spyware check software. Any ideas?
  2. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    They could always shoot the messenger. This program will allow you to turn off the messenger service (which is not related to Instant Messaging) on 2000 and XP.
  3. Maniacal1

    Maniacal1 Godfather/Supporter

    Apr 9, 2002
    You don't need a program to stop Messenger. You can do it through your Control Panels:

    Click Start/Programs/Administrative Tools/Services
    Select "Messenger" and choose Properties.
    Click the STOP button.
    Select Disable in the Startup Type scroll bar.
    Click OK.

    No more annoying messages.
  4. Orcatek

    Orcatek Legend

    May 1, 2003
    They can kill it via their firewall if they have one. Their computer is visible on the network outside a firewall - hence the messages. Its a type of spam. In general your friends machine is at risk for a ton of other more malicious attacks since it is visible and obviously not well protected. Odds are a large portion of his hard drive can be read or even updated by strangers.

    Or it can be turned off as stated by others. But the real concern is his unprotected computer. Virus protection and spyware protection is just a start for a broadband connection. A hardware or software firewall is really needed for safety.
  5. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    You are entirely correct, Manicial1.

    However, working in technical support and dealing with the typical user (i.e. :newbie: ), I want to keep the user as far away from the registry or MMC as possible since it could protentially cause bigger headaches. :bang
  6. Geronimo

    Geronimo Native American Potentate DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Then again some of us users think it woudl be nice if we had some measure of control over the PC. All a matter of perspective I guess.

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