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How to Disable "Messenger Service" Pop-Up Spam


Disable "Messenger Service" Pop-Up Spam:

When your computer is connected to the Internet, you may receive "pop-up" advertisements labeled "Messenger Service" in the title bar.  An example is shown below.

The Messenger Service is built in to Windows NT, 2000, and XP.  The original intention of the service was to allow Systems Administrators to send messages to everyone on a network in a workplace or office.  With the advent of Instant Messengers, this older Messenger Service, with its limited functions, is rarely used. 

Most home users have no need for this service, even though it is turned on by default.  Spammers have recently begun exploiting this service to send advertisements.

You can disable the "Messenger Service" to stop these messages.  Disabling the messenger service will not affect Instant Messengers, such as AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, or ICQ.

Note:  If your computer is part of a corporate network, be sure to talk with your system administrator before disabling the Messenger Service.


To disable the Messenger Service, follow the steps below:

Click Start, and then click Run.  The following window opens:

Type services.msc and then click OK.


The Services window opens, as shown below.

Scroll down to find Messenger.  Double-click to open it.


The Messenger Properties windows opens, as shown below.

First, in the Startup type list, click Disabled.

Then, click Stop, and then click OK.

The Messenger service is now disabled and will not restart the next time you reboot your computer.


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