Disabling Windows Messenger

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skippy9146

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This has probably been covered 1000's of times, but how do you disable Windows Messenger?

I've done it before but it's been so long, I've forgotten how! :bonk:
 

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skascht

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Control panel, administrative tools, services,messenger, stop and disable in xp
 

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With messenger up, click on Tools, and then options. Now, click the General heading and uncheck "Automatically Run Messenger When I log on to Windows," and "Allow automatic sign-in when I log onto the internet." Remember to click apply.
 

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skascht said:
Control panel, administrative tools, services,messenger, stop and disable in xp
This removes the messenger service which is completely seperate from windows messenger. The messenger service allows you to send messages on your network using the net send command.

To actually remove windows messenger (and a couple of other programs not normally listed) go to %systemroot%\inf\ (typically C:\windows\inf\) If you can't see the inf folder go to the tools menu click on folder options click on the view tab, and select "Show hidden files and folders" and make sure the box containing "Hide protected operating system files (recommender)" is unchecked. Now you should see the folder. Go into it and find the file sysoc.inf. Open the file in notepad and under msmsgs remove the HIDE. Make sure there are still two comma's in it still.

So when you are done the entry should look like this: msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,,7

You can also do this with any other programs listed in there.

Now save the file and go into control panel. Open Add or Remove Programs and and click on the Add/Remove Windows Components. You will/should (maybe... it has been a while since I did it) two Windows Messenger Icons in there uncheck both and let the wizard do its thing.

Hope this helps
Jeremy
 

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Skippy, are you trying to remove it or stop it from loading at startup?
 

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I think he was just wanting to remove it from startup, but if you don't use it why not remove it. That is why I put that info in there as you already told him how to disable it.

Have Fun
Jeremy
 

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The only reason I have messenger is because my Sister-in-law and family gave me a webcam for my birthday. I use Gaim or Trillian to chat with peeps on AIM, YIM, MSNM, and ICQ. I had no interest in using a webcam, but I have no choice now as it was a present and they want to use to video chat. Anyway, I'd rather use MSNM than AIM(I refuse to put anything from AOL on my machine.) and Trillian often has issues with video and chat. To my knowledge, Gaim doesn't support either uses.
 

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I would use yahoo messenger anyday over msn. But no Gaim doesn't support video messaging (yet). And I agree with you I wouldn't install AIM or any other AOL program. But to me MSN messenger and AIM fall into the same category of software I would never install.

Good Luck
Jeremy
 

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for me the easiest way to stop Windows Messenger from loading (now i am using Trillian!) is to fire up REGEDIT

navigate to My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

remove the msmsgs.exe entry, and Windows Messenger won't start up now. also this method means that other users who have their own accounts can still use Windows Messenger on their account if they want to

 
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Yahoo is very scarey.I know a chic who keeps getting tons of trojans/worms and it is all because of Yahoo  :nooo:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Worms-are-crawling-inside-Yahoo-and-AOL-Messenger-2307.shtml
To remove messanger,you can run this zip.
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_mess_disable.htm
I remove the original messanger in winxp and then download the latest version from MSN as it seems even when you upgrade from the old version to the new version it just adds another version and leaves the original MSN in the system instead of using the original one and upgrading it to the latest version  :bonk:
 
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I only use Yahoo Messenger which comes with BT communicator? :lol_anim: which is good to use, i dont find a problem with Yahoo, AIM or MSN i find them to be good to use

Also regarding Windows Messenger if you have ad-aware they have a add-on which disables it from working

Here is the link to download the add-on http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/addons/messenger.shtml
 

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Or you can just use Gaim. It does Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, IRC, Jabber and the list goes on... http://gaim.sourceforge.net

Have Fun
Jeremy
 
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bassmadrigal said:
Or you can just use Gaim. It does Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, IRC, Jabber and the list goes on... http://gaim.sourceforge.net

Have Fun
Jeremy
I would but it doesnt include BT communicator  :undecided: im not really keen on using 3rd party software where as i can use the makers software
 

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hybriduk said:
I would but it doesnt include BT communicator  :undecided: im not really keen on using 3rd party software where as i can use the makers software
Well to each his own...

Don't know much about BT communicator (this is what happens when you live in the US). But if you use a lot of different messaging programs (like me  ;) ) these all in ones are really nice.

I actually like this better than the other software because 1. obviously i only need one program. 2. This one has a small footprint vs anyone of the other major im programs. There are somethings that I wish could transfer over, like in Yahoo when it says that they are playing a game somewhere and you can join them in the IM. Oh well now I just have to ask. :undecided:

Have Fun
Jeremy
 

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one thing I didn't see mentioned to get rid of messenger, delete it! it's in your program files directory.  I've done boxes where I've removed the messenger service and disabled the messenger program from starting up.  but it keeps comming back, just dlete the entire thing, I'm sure you'll be happy that you did.

GAIM RULES!
 
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bassmadrigal said:
Well to each his own...

Don't know much about BT communicator (this is what happens when you live in the US). But if you use a lot of different messaging programs (like me? ;) ) these all in ones are really nice.

I actually like this better than the other software because 1. obviously i only need one program. 2. This one has a small footprint vs anyone of the other major im programs. There are somethings that I wish could transfer over, like in Yahoo when it says that they are playing a game somewhere and you can join them in the IM. Oh well now I just have to ask. :undecided:

Have Fun
Jeremy
BT communicator  is a program that allows you to make calls from any computer and it bills your BT telephone bill i didnt really want Yahoo messenger but BT communicator was built in to Yahoo Messenger with BT communicator

The only reason i like to use it is because i dont have to sign up with another company plus i get ?70 call level credit so i dont have to worry about my calls
 

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Use Skype. With Skype you can call computer to computer anywhere in the world for FREE. You can also call from computer to land line at a much cheaper rate than BT or other Telephone service that I've heard of.
 

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twistedbrowntucker said:
Awhile back I read of a lil prog called shoot the messenger or something like that.
<a href="http://www.grc.com/stm/shootthemessenger.htm">Shoot The Messenger</A>




 
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Yes Skype is a very good program I even have a USB box that allows me to integrate my German land line and the skype service onto my corless phone system.  With SkypeIn I have a number registered in California as well, so whether or not it is someone calling me form germany or from the US it rings the same phone line.  It is very nice.

I was wondering if anyone had seen an all in one program that encorporates Skype into it.

 
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