The MSN Messenger Service places itself in the run portion of the registry as %systemdrive%:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe /background. If you want to remove MSN Messenger Service entirely, use the Add/Remove programs Control Panel applet.
If you simply want to stop the Messenger Service from starting, perform the following steps:
Start regedit.exe. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Right-click the MSMSGS entry, and select Delete. Click Yes to the confirmation.
Would it not be wiser to educate them in how to use it properly, by banning the use of MSN the kids in question may be drawn into chat rooms of a far more nafarious nature, and if they are computer literate they will find a way of reinstalling it anyway..
It's resolved. Yes he uses XP and it is the MSN thing you download. Skidzy's link was helpful and VOG suggested putting the lad on a limited account on XP and uninstalling the prog, as he's on a limited account he won't be able to install it. Dad will obviously need to password protect his account.
I know this has a tick to say it’s resolved, but please heed this warning. If your son is so into MSN he will know there is an online version click here that he can use without down loading. So you may have to add it’s URL to your firewall banned list.
Bare this in mind there are other messenger services out there such as Bebo click here they can turn to, I do talk from experience on this one, any time you give him online, he will find a way to use another service.
I think the allowed and blocked sites built into your anti-virus program or in the IE6 tools would be able to block the whole msn website altogether but if they know that they can download it from file websites then you will have a big job pn your hands.
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