How can I didable the messenger function?

Question

I am trying to find a way to get rid of Pop Up Messages that are listed under:

Messenger Service

Answer

This question was answered on October 8, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Your message is a little bleak but I have an idea what your problem is

In their initial state, Microsoft Windows operating systems (98, ME, XP, 2000, NT) allow anyone on the internet to pop up Windows on your screen There is no need for them to know anything about your computer and your computer does not care who does it

Even less savory individuals may pop up messages on your screen that try to fool you into taking actions that may not be in your best interest.

The important thing to remember is that anyone, anywhere in the world can pop up one of these messages on your computer At this time it looks as though all these messages will have "Messenger Service" in the Window title It would be wise to verify with support staff any such message that appears on your computer that instructs you to to take actions that may divulge sensitive information, change your password, leads you to a web site, or take other, unusual actions on your computer

Also know that spam senders are using the Windows Message Service as another way to distribute their advertisements

Disabling the Messenger Service

To remove the ability for anyone in the world to pop up messages on your computer, you can disable the Messenger service Its easy to reverse at a later time if you wish to do so

Windows 2000

Click Start-> Settings-> Control Panel-> Administrative Tools->Services

Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"

Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties

Click the STOP button

Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar

Click OK

Windows XP Home

Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel

Click Performance and Maintenance

Click Administrative Tools

Double click Services Scroll

down and highlight "Messenger"

Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties

Click the STOP button

Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar

Click OK

Windows XP Professional

Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel

Click Administrative Tools

Click Services

Double click Services Scroll

down and highlight "Messenger"

Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties

Click the STOP button

Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar

Click OK

Windows NT

Click Start ->Control Panel

Double Click Administrative Tools

Select Services-> Double-click on Messenger

In the Messenger Properties window, select Stop,

Then choose Disable as the Startup Type

Click OK

Windows 98 & ME

Windows Messenger Service cannot be disabled

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 8, 2003