Unsolicited ad's (spam) using Windows Messenger

  chesterfield 12:13 17 Apr 2003

If anyone out there is wondering why they have grey pop-up windows featuring ad's (mainly for porn sites)appearing on their PC screen then Im afraid you're under attack from a new kind of spam that uses the Windows Messenger service.

The following article suggests that XP users can block them by turning on the Firewall but mines on and theyre still coming through - click here

If anyone knows of a way to block this stuff please let me know.


  JoeC 12:17 17 Apr 2003

( Courtesy of click here )
This isn't spyware or adware. It's the messaging service built into Windows which is being used by spammers.(Windows Messenger - not .Net Messenger ).
To get rid of it,turn off the messaging service.
Windows 2000 and XP:- Go Start > Run > type in services.msc.Double-click on Messenger and in the Messenger Properties window, select Stop, then choose Disable as the Startup Type.Click OK.
Windows 95, 98, and ME:- Go to Control Panel and Add/Remove.Select Windows Setup.Select System Tools.Click Details.Uncheck WinPopUp.Click OK

  chesterfield 12:35 17 Apr 2003

Have a look at this - click here

Doesnt this suggest that turning of the messaging service will not prevent this type of spam?

It seems that XP users need to download Microsofts Service Pack1 before the firewall will block these ads.

  Offline 13:10 17 Apr 2003

click here Install & tick the Disable Messaging Service.

  medicine hat 15:04 17 Apr 2003

No, what it says is turning off the INSTANT messenging service, ie the aforementioned .net messenging, will not stop it

  Gerrycan 15:25 17 Apr 2003
  Gerrycan 15:41 17 Apr 2003

You can of course do it manualy by going into control panel/Administrative tools/Computer Services/expand the window then double click on "SERVICES lOCAL" then in the right window scroll down to "MESSANGER" and double click on it and a window will open with a thin oblong window and next to it saying "STARTUP TYPE" use the drop down option to select "Disable".
good luck.

  Ben Avery 15:43 17 Apr 2003

if they are simply pop ups then click here


  chesterfield 15:55 17 Apr 2003

Just spent about 2.5 hours downloading and installing Windows service pack 1 which the Microsoft site says will stop this type of spam - hopefully its done the trick. Thanks to everyone for their help and advice.

  Gerrycan 22:14 17 Apr 2003

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