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BeachBuckeye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:01 PM
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Just got Windows XP and have a little annoyance
These "messenger" ads in grey boxes keep popping up telling me to go to a site where I can buy something to prevent pop-ups. Does anyone know how to delete the "messenger" boxes? Remember now, you are talking to the guy "Computers for Dummies" was written for.

Guy James

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:05 PM
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1. Here you go.
Go to Control Panel from the Start Menu, choose Add/Remove programs, then on the left choose Windows Components. A screen will open, uncheck Windows Messenger. I always keep it unchecked.

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BeachBuckeye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:12 PM
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2. Thanks!
Found it, did it! It works!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:26 PM
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3. I hate messenger, never use it.
Would you believe it still was trying to get out to the internet even when disabled? I went in and killed it again, and now it does not try.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:49 PM
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4. Thanks! I can use that info, too!
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RushIsRot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:53 PM
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5. I just did the same thing and hope it works.
Thanks for the advice!!
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AnnabelLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:56 PM
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7. I had no "Windows Messenger"
to uncheck in the Windows Components, but I get those annoying gray pop-ups once in a while, too. :-(
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 06:11 AM
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12. Thanks! I hope it works!
:D
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:54 PM
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6. I got the same thing for Microsoft Money.
Every time I went to an e-commerce site, I'd get a MS Money sidebar in my Explorer window. I turned it off, though, and now I'm happy. Those were minor annoyances, however. Compared to Win98, XP is a dream.
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classics Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:18 PM
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8. Those popus are Windows Messenger, NOT the same as MSN.
You need to go into the Control Panel -> Administrative Services -> Services.

Find the entry called 'Messenger Service' and press 'STOP'. Then change its startup state to 'Manual'.
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AnnabelLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:27 PM
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10. Thanks, classics n/t
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MALiberal Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:20 PM
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9. Throw Out Your Wintel Box And Buy A Mac!
Throw Out Your Wintel Box And Buy A Mac!. The 'Block pop up ad' function works great. :donut: :puke:
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Ein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:46 PM
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11. Way to get rid w/o deleting it permanently.
Close Messenger

Go to c:\program files\

find the folder called "Messenger", renamed it "dead messenger" or such, reboot.

Done and done, thanks screen savers!
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