[24hoursupport] Messenger Service SPAM

  • From: "Jerry Mills" <jmills@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "24hr Help Desk" <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,<24hrsupporthelpdesk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 17:56:05 -0500


There is a new method of sending you pop up windows to advertise that
you may have been seeing lately.  It is the Messenger Service pop up.
If you have not seen these yet, you are either already set properly or
you will see them soon.  They are not viruses and they are not harmful,
just very annoying.  They can pop up on you even without a browser being
open.  All it takes is a live internet connection and the messenger
service running and no firewall to block it.  

The messenger service is a service in Windows 2000 and Windows XP that
is turned on at the time of installation by default.  To stop these ads
from popping up you need to go to Control Panel / Administrative Tools /
Computer Management and open up Services.  Look for the messenger
service and double click on it.  Change it from automatic to "disable".
You will cause no harm by disabling this service.  

While your in this area you should consider also setting the server
service and computer browser service to "manual".  This will improve
your performance some.  Do not do this if you are running a local
network, but if you are a single workstation connected to the internet
you have no use for either of those services running.


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